Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Syrian Aleppo Pepper

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Located 310km Northwest of Damascus, Aleppo is Syria's second largest city.It is here where Aleppo pepper is exclusively produced.Aleppo pepper is a mild member of the chile pepper family.Many of the dishes of this area are characterized by the use of this aromatic.Aleppo pepper is known for imparting a wide range of tastes to many dishes.Among those are from a distinctly sweet to a subtle yet lingering heat.It is because of this, that many Aleppian cooks make wide use of this pepper from sprinkling on salads to marinades for meats.Aleppo pepper is a beautiful crimson red and is available ground with salt added as a preservative.It is usually available in well-stocked Middle Eastern markets.If you cannot find it, as a substitute you can blend 3parts paprika & 1 part cayenne or 1/2 tsp.crushed red pepper for every tsp. of Aleppo pepper.
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