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Ready To Get Cooking? How To Choose The Right Chillies

by Harper Murray

If you're going to buy chillies for the first time, take steps to avoid mistakes. Chillies are an important component of many dishes. However, you do need to take care when buying them. If you've never bought chillies before, you might be worried about potential mistakes. If that's the case, read the information provided here. You'll find three simple tips to help you buy chillies. 

Know What to Look For

When you head to the market to buy chillies, make sure you know what type you're looking for. In most cases, you can choose between fresh, or dried chillies. Taking your time with the selection will help you to choose the best options.


When buying fresh chillies, the first thing you want to do is feel them. Fresh chillies should have a very specific feel to them. When they are at their freshest, they'll feel firm and crisp. They don't start to soften up until they've sat in the bin for a while. Next look at the colour. If the chillies are still green, they haven't reached peak flavour yet. Fully-ripened chillies will be red. 


If you're in the market for dried chillies, you'll also want to know how they feel. You want dried chillies to be soft to the touch and pliable. Next, use your nose to check for quality. Well dried chillies should be rich and fragrant. 

Choose the Correct Heat

If you plan to buy chillies, you'll need to pay attention to the heat levels. Chillies come in a variety of heat levels that are scored on the Scoville scale. The sweet bell pepper is the mildest chilli, with a Scoville rating of zero. The pepper x is the hottest chilli, with a Scoville rating of 3,180, 000. To avoid getting yourself into a heated situation, it's best to understand the Scoville rating scale before you buy your chillies.

Ensure Safe Chilli Storage

When it comes to getting the most out of your chillies, it's important that you practice proper storage methods. Improper storage can undermine their flavour. It's important to note that there are different storage methods for fresh and dried chillies. Fresh chillies can be stored in an open plastic bag for a few days. Dried chillies should be placed in an airtight container and stored in a cool dry location for up to about six months. If you plan on buying chillis and have more questions, contact a supplier.