How can I tell a hotter chile from a milder one?

Milder chiles have broader shoulders and blunter tips and are generally lighter in color.

What is the hottest part of a chile?

The hottest part of a chile is the placenta, centered inside just under the stem. It is the capsaicin factory, where the hot, spicy ingredient is manufactured.


Which is hotter, the stems or the veins?

It is a tossup. The veins carry the capsaicin from the placenta, the point of production and it is stored in the seeds.


If I get too hot a taste of chile in my mouth, how can I get any relief, quickly?

The best is to immediately eat anything acid, sweet or dairy. Examples are lime juice, vinegar, or wine for the acid. Sweet items are honey, sugar or any food containing them. Dairy is milk, sour cream and cheese.

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Chile, Herbs & Spices

Ground & Crushed Chiles | Herbs & Spices | Chile Pods & Seeds

We have included our most popular recipes for using our pure Pecos Valley Spice Co. New Mexican chiles.  Note the red and green powdered, crushed and frozen chiles are above and below the recipes.



Comino/Cumin -4oz  
Price: $9.00 Add:
Price: $5.00 Add:

This is the essential chile herb. Ours is fresher than otherwise available. Do Keep it refrigerated!

Mexican Oregano Ground

Mexican Oregano 4oz  
Price: $11.00 Add:
Mexican Oregano 2oz  
Price: $7.50 Add:

This herb is quite different than the Greek or Italian verison. It is closer to the mint family and more compatible to chile flavors.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander - 2 oz.

Price: $4.50

The dry or seed form of cilantro is coriander in English and Cilantro or Culantro in Spanish. Great for baking or salsas, this is a kitchen essential.

Ground Canela Cinnamon

Ground Canelaor Saigon Cinnamon, highest Quality - 2 oz.

Price: $5.00

Ground Canela Cinnamon - the pure, highest quality cinnamon from Southern China. This cinnamon is much more flavorful and aromatic.

Canela (Cin) Sticks

Canela (Cinnamon) Sticks - 1 oz.

Price: $4.00

Canela Cinnamon Sticks- the pure, highest quality cinnamon from Southern China. This cinnamon is much more flavorful and aromatic.

Anise Seeds

Anise Seeds- 2 oz.

Price: $4.00

Anise Seeds both smell and taste like licorice and are used in Bizcochitos, a traditional New Mexican Cookie. They're also popular in pastry of all different sorts.

Mexican Vanilla

Imported Mexican Vanilla, 4 oz.

Price: $15.00

Top rated Pure Mexican Vanilla! This Vanilla is 8-10 times stronger than American Vanilla. This is one of the best kinds of Vanilla that you can buy!

Whole Nutmeg

Whole Nutmeg, 1 oz.

Price: $6.00

 The "courting" spice of Victorian times, when freshly grated complements pastries, fruits, vegetables and more.

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