Aleppo Chili Pepper
Aleppo Pepper is a highly desirable variety of chili, popular for its warm, fruity flavor and mild chili bite.
The Aleppo pepper has a moderate heat level of about 10,000 on the Scoville scale, with fruitiness and mild, cumin-like undertones. Its flavor is similar to the ancho chili, but oilier and slightly salty as salt is often used in the drying process. It is fairly mild, with its heat building slowly, with a fruity raisin-like flavor. It has also been described as having the flavor of "sweetness, roundness and perfume of the best kind of sun dried tomatoes with a nice chili follow through.
The warm fruity flavor and mild chill heat of Aleppo Pepper makes this unique spice a versatile addition to most savory dishes. Sprinkle on pizzas and pasta, add to scrambled eggs and omelettes and even sprinkle over salads. Use in Turkish and Middle Eastern recipes.
The most common use is in the form of crushed flakes, which are typically slightly milder and more oily than conventional crushed red pepper, with a hint of saltiness and a slightly raisin-like flavor. Unlike crushed red pepper, the flakes contain no inner flesh and seeds, contributing to the mildness.
Crushed Aleppo pepper can be used as a substitute for crushed red pepper or paprika.