Peppers play a predominant role in the culinary history of Northern Greece, with numerous local varieties claiming a special place in the kitchen. One of the most noteworthy is the sweet and mildly hot red peppers grown for spice in Almopia since the times of the Ottoman Empire. Unfortunately, the cultivation of Karatzova peppers was left behind in the 1980s as more profitable crops became popular, resulting in farmers abandoning traditional methods of agriculture. Nowadays, our suppliers are among the few who continue to cultivate this old crop using non-invasive processes.
Addictively pleasant, sweet, mellow, and with a lasting flavor, these Smoked Chili Flakes form an ideal backbone for stews, soups, and sauces. In the traditional cuisine of North Greece, they are often scattered over yogurt as a seasoning for meat grills and thick soups. They’re an essential ingredient for baked Feta cheese – a yummy mezze that you should absolutely try. They make the perfect topping for avocado toast or charred broccoli, while they’re equally satisfying on a soft-boiled egg.
For optimal quality, place in an airtight container in a drawer or cupboard. Properly storing your herbs is very important as it expands their life span. Avoid direct sunlight and humidity.
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