Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A tremendous number of different chilis are grown in Brazil, and the taxonomic confusion is enormous. The same pepper might have two different names in different regions - or two totally unrelated peppers might share a single name. To add to the confusion, some common Brazilian chilis are also used in other national cuisines, but with different names.
For instance, one of the most common hot chilis in Brazil is called the malagueta. In Portugal, and in Portuguese-speaking Africa, it's called peri-peri or piri-piri. In Asia, it's known as the birdseye pepper or the Thai chili, and in North America it's our familiar Tabasco.
There are literally hundreds of other common names for chilis in Brazil. We'll be exploring some of them in this blog.
If you would like to make a Brazilian-style pimenta at home, it's very easy. The instructions are in the following post.