Pepper, Chipotle, Powdered and Whole
Botanical Name: Capsicum annum
Capsicum annum is the Latin botanical name for the jalepeno pepper. The pepper starts out green, and turns red as it ripens on the plant. After the pepper is dark red and beginning to dry out, it is picked and put into a smoker. Wood, often pecan wood, is used to produce the smoke that flavors the peppers. Chipotle pepper is dried and has the texture of a raisin. It can be used in a wide variety of recipes. You can sprinkle a bit into your favorite barbecue sauce, especially one that features a sweet taste, to balance the flavors and make both of them more exciting together. It is often a key ingredient used in a barbecue rub, which is rubbed onto steaks, chops and other cuts of meat that will go on the grill. It can also be used in a ketchup-based marinade for chicken. You can combine it with cubed chicken and spicy cheese as part of a chicken salad dish. Chipotle peppers are sometimes added to condiments such as mayonnaise or ketchup to spice them up.