Originary from Mozambique, the piri-piri – or African Bird’s Eye Chili pepper, as it is also known – was brough to Portugal were it became commonplace in portuguese cuisine. It can be used with any dish, including desserts – since it goes really well with chocolate – but it must be used carefully.
Being able to reach 175,000 Scoville heat units, it is spicier than cayenne pepper or tabasco. As such, it must be used sparingly.
The chilli peppers we use are produced on the portuguese Oeste region exclusively for us and we make them available fresh, dried, ground and in fruit brandy.
For our fresh chilli peppers we simply select the best looking chilli peppers and then make them available for everyone.
They are only available from August to October so use them while you can. Also they don’t keep for very long – a few days only, if they are kept out of the fridge, to a few weeks if they are kept in the fridge. So don’t forget to keep them in the fridge! As an alternative you can also keep them in the freezer.
If you want chilli peppers that last longer take a look at our dried chilli peppers – they keep up for years.