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How to Choose the Best Chili Peppers

by Berkeley Wellness  

Fresh chili peppers should be well-shaped, firm, and glossy. Their skins should be taut and unwrinkled, and their stems fresh and green. Watch out for soft or sunken areas, slashes, or black spots. Except for jalapeños, which often have shallow cracks at their stem ends, chili peppers should be free of cracks.

Dried chili peppers should be glossy and unbroken (wrinkled is fine), not dusty or fragmented.

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