Urfa Biber

Urfa Biber
Urfa Biber
Urfa Biber Urfa Biber
100740 001
Net Weight:
2.7 oz
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Urfa Biber (also known as isot biber) has an almost sticky smell, resinous and deep like licorice or molasses, kissed with smoke. Urfa Biber has a well-rounded flavor; it’s got a smoky, earthy edge and undertones of coffee, chocolate, tobacco and raisins. Wine drinkers would say it’s got a tannic finish, fading to a herbaceous bitterness that lives under the lingering heat. The heat in Urfa Biber is present—it measures at 6,000-8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), so it’s about as hot as a hotter-end-of-the-scale jalapeño. The Urfa Biber’s heat tends to build in the mouth, though, so while they may seem relatively moderate at the start of a meal, their intensity increases as you continue eating.

Urfa Biber Chiles are indigenous to the Mediterranean region of Sanliurfa in southeastern Turkey. Founded in the third century BCE, Sanliurfa was named Edessa by Alexander the Great, and it was so named in honor of the capital of Macedonia. The name Edessa held until 1637, under the reign of the Ottoman Turks. The name was then changed to Urfa, possibly to honor the Sumerian city-state of Ur, one of the most influential civilizations to develop in ancient Mesopotamia. The name was changed to Sanliurfa in 1984; “Sanli” means glorious, and Glorious Urfa was so named in recognition of their resistance to British and French occupying forces during the Turkish war for independence in the 1920s.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Urfa Biber chiles are traditionally used to stand up to strong flavors like lamb, so use for lamb kebabs, in lamb sausage, or as a rub over lamb chops. Use it on other powerful flavors; make a rub for venison chops, or add a spicy twist to a traditional duck confit. Use when roasting root vegetables like turnips or parsnips. It’s fun when it’s paired with savory and sweet, so add some Urfa Biber to simmer with a lamb tagine, then and top with apricots and a drizzle of Urfa oil. You could also drizzle Urfa Biber-laced oil over feta or halloumi cheese. Add to fruit chutney, or kick your brownies into the stratosphere with raisiny-smoky Urfa Biber mixed in the batter.

Our Urfa Biber chiles are processed with vegetable oil and salt.

Our Urfa Biber is grown in Turkey.

This product is certified kosher.


Hungry for more information?

Aleppo Pepper: History in a Modern Kitchen
Living the Mediterranean Diet
Flavor Characteristics of Spices
Turkish Archaeological News: Sanliurfa


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.3g0%

Dietary Fiber0.9g4%

Total Sugars0.2g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*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.

5 out of 5
21 total ratings.

Bobby T. (Verified buyer) 10/24/2021
Fantastic for finishing dishes. Adds Fantastic for finishing dishes. Adds a slight bit of spice with smoky undertones.

Beth W. (Verified buyer) 03/18/2021
We use it every day! Urfa biber is one of my favorite spices!! :) It's mildly hot with great flavor (smokey, sweet and earthy). It's a must add to my morning eggs.

Kameko G. (Verified buyer) 03/10/2021
Urfa Biber, awesome pepper Urfa Biber isn't super spicy with heat, but it does impart a lovely fruitiness and along with the flavor it offers up to your dish. I love finding great ways to incorporate it into my cooking.

Richard C. (Verified buyer) 12/30/2020
They were milder than expected. They were milder than expected. Good flavor

Steve B. (Verified buyer) 12/24/2020
This is my second pound This is my second pound in 6 months! It's one of my go to spices!

Mindy W. (Verified buyer) 09/18/2020
Great gift! I purchased this as a gift for my sister. This is my favorite pepper and knew she would love it too!

Dale W. (Verified buyer) 08/12/2020
Urfa fan. If you like Aleppo peppers and want less heat I recommend this product. A distinctive but mild flavor.

Scott D. (Verified buyer) 05/29/2020
Nice Find Good depth of pepper flavor without peeling the skin off your tongue. Still working with it but it seems to have a lot of potential.

Colleen J. (Verified buyer) 03/19/2020
Smokey Bite Slight bite not harsh with a good texture

Glenn B. (Verified buyer) 09/24/2019
Urfa Biber Great product and used it in many recipes
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