Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
SKU
300251 001
$6.71
Net Weight:
1.6 oz
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Most red pepper flakes are from the species Capsicum annuum. Our Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes come from the dried and pulverized fruits ofseveral types of chiles. Capsicum is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae family) and are related to potatoes, eggplants, tomatillos and tomatoes. In this country, red pepper flakes have become as common in pizza parlors as salt and pepper is at most other restaurants. For most of us, red pepper flakes are an integral part of the pizza experience - you almost can't imagine having a slice without first giving a shake or two of these zippy flakes.

Red pepper flakes typically includes all parts of the pepper - the outer skins, the veins (the hottest part of any chile) and of course the seeds.

 

History of Red Pepper Flakes

If you've ever visited northern Italy, it's highly unlikely that you came across red pepper flakes, let alone finding them served with pizza or in any tomato based sauce.

Pizza historians have traced the use of red pepper flakes on pizza and pasta back to the late 19th century in southern Italy. The southern Italians enjoyed adding spicy heat to their dishes (something their northern brethren would never do). The southern part of Italy is known for their spicy hot Pepperoncino chile. Food historians who've studied early southern Italian immigration to America have found that it was not unusual for these first generation immigrants to grow hot peppers from their home country in the backyard gardens of their new country. Adding them to their homemade pizza was a natural occurrence.  

Considered by many to be America's first pizzeria, Lombardi's Pizza in New York opened their doors in 1905. During their first years in business they catered to the large southern Italian immigrant population in New York, with their first pizzas being known as "tomato pies". In a 2012 interview with John Brescio, the current owner of Lombardi's Pizza, he talked about red pepper flakes -- "We've always used them. In the beginning they were crumbled in a stainless steel bowl. And then there was a changeover in the 1950s to pepper flakes in the shakers."

 

Cooking with Red Pepper Flakes

Now, for many of us in this country, we link red pepper flakes with pizza, but in other parts of the world they're used to provide a nice liveliness to a variety of cuisines and are an indispensable ingredient for many African, Chinese and Mexican dishes.

Use red pepper flakes to add zest to chili, chowders, pizza, pickling, salads, homemade sausage, sandwiches, soups, spaghetti sauce, stir-fries or vegetable recipes.

Red pepper flakes pair well with most spices, lemon juice, lime juice and coconut milk. Because they're typically a member of the nightshade family, they work well in combination with potatoes and tomatoes.

Some of our more popular recipes using red pepper flakes are Crab and Corn Chowder, Baked ZitiFlat Iron Steak and Carrots with Parsley Pesto and Spicy Coconut Shrimp.

Types of Red Pepper Flakes

Not all red pepper flakes are the same depending on the chiles used by each supplier. Some red pepper flakes are hotter than others, so cooks who haven't used them before or who may be trying out a new supplier should be wary when using them for the first time. Remember you can always add more if a dish isn't spicy enough. The most common chiles used as the ubiquitous red pepper flakes are De Arbol chiles, Japones chiles and Tien Tsin chiles.

 

What Do Red Pepper Flakes Taste Like

Our organic red pepper flakes will add some sharp, biting flavor.  

 

How Hot are Red Pepper Flakes?

The heat varies depending on the supplier you get your red pepper flakes from as they can use a wide variety of different chiles. We consider our Organic Red Pepper Flakes to be a hot chile with their heat level tipping the scales at 30,000-40,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

 

Red Pepper Flake Substitutions and Conversions

If you're looking for a substitute in a recipe calling for red pepper flakes you can use ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder per ¾ teaspoon of red pepper flakes called for, or you can use 3-4 small red chile peppers (i.e. a Birdseye Chiles or Pequin Chile) per each teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

 

Most Common Questions About Red Pepper Flakes

We get lots of questions about red pepper flakes. Here are some of the most common.

What's the difference between red pepper flakes and crushed red pepper?
There is no difference, as these terms are used interchangeably and are referring to the same thing.

What are the health benefits of red pepper flakes?
Red pepper flakes contain capsaicin, pronounced "cap say shin" (the compound that puts the hot in chile peppers), which may alleviate inflammation. In Ayurveda, the traditional form of Indian medicine as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine (also referred to as ancient Chinese medicine), red peppers have historically been used to treat digestive problems, circulatory problems, infections and arthritis. Cultures that consume large amounts of chile peppers tend to have a much lower rates of heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms and strokes.

Do red pepper flakes last longer when stored in the refrigerator?
Some of our customers believe that the flavor of chile flakes lasts a bit longer if they're kept refrigerated. We keep our home supply of red pepper flakes in a cool dark cabinet away from the heat of the stove and feel that works just fine.

** This product is certified kosher. 
 

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories6

% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium0.6mg0%

Total Carbohydrate1.1g0%

Dietary Fiber0.5g2%

Total Sugars0.2g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.2g0%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium3mg0%

Iron0mg1%

Potassium38mg1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.7 out of 5
19 total ratings.

Timothy K. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2022
I am not a hot I am not a hot pepper kind of guy but i thought I would try this one. I made some delicious pasta for my family and sat the bottle on the table and one by one my family grabbed the pepper bottle and sprinkled it onto their pasta. Well, to my surprise they all really enjoyed it. So I gave it a try and sprinkled alittle on my pasta and you know what, it was really very good. It had alot of heat to it and the more you put on the hotter it got. However, I only needed a little sprinkle cause I don't like alot of heat. It was a great choice Thanks

Nadia S. (Verified buyer) 12/28/2021
Flavorful and fresh Very good and fresh. The heat is perfect. Thank you!

Zach M. (Verified buyer) 11/06/2021
Yummy!! Yummy!!

Candace V. (Verified buyer) 02/22/2021
Excellent quality! Excellent quality!

William S. (Verified buyer) 02/14/2021
Organic, Fresh, Flavorful, and easy to order From the moment we opened the bag of organic crushed red pepper we knew it was a quality product. We instantly recognized an enticing favorable aroma. We are using it in many recipients and are very happy with the quality, taste and level of heat. Ordering from the website is easy and delivery time was as expected. It was very nice to open the package and read a hand written note of thanks and receive a free sample of a pepper mix.

Marie M. (Verified buyer) 12/22/2020
Essential for Pizza! I stopped buying brands of crushed red pepper flakes from supermarkets many years ago due to lack of heat and blandness. Spices Inc. has now made me very happy with the authentic flavor and hotness of their crushed red pepper flakes. Finally, the traditional Italian pizzaria pepper seasoning that I've been craving is now in my pantry.

Donna M. (Verified buyer) 11/19/2020
Loved all the spices I Loved all the spices I received. Very fresh and fragrant and flavorful

Carol H. (Verified buyer) 09/16/2020
So fresh and vivid taste So fresh and vivid taste

Mariam A. (Verified buyer) 04/22/2020
Powerful & Yummy Packs a punch - will order again

Francisco R. (Verified buyer) 04/06/2020
Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes I love the taste and it’s better when they are bought in bulk.
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