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Chiles and Hot Peppers

A true chilehead (sometimes referred to as chile head) often craves the subtle, nuanced flavor of chiles as much or more than they're searching for heat. While others tend to gravitate only towards how hot can they handle (which is fine too). Whether you refer to them as dried chiles, dried peppers, or dried chili peppers there is something almost bewitching about them.  

Chile historians believe them to be indigenous to the Andean region of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru of South America with their first use occurring more than 10,000 years ago. Chiles were a key ingredient in the diets of the Mayans (1800 BC - 250 AD) and later the Aztecs (1345-1521). Today they're popular with Americans, Asian Indians, Caribbeans, Mediterraneans, Mexicans, South Americans and Southeastern Asians who use them daily to add color, flavor, visual appeal and yes heat to their cuisines.

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