Curly green chili is an under-ripe curly red chili. It tastes less spicy than the red ones and has a green color with a long, elongated, and twisty shape.
What is Curly Green Chili?
Curly green chili is a type of Capsicum annuum. It is generally skinny, slender, about 10 to 25 cm long, often with a curly shape. It is usually red or green in color.
Curly green chili is the under-ripe curly red chili. It is harvested when still green for the color. When it ripens, it turns red as it loses all the water content and becomes more pungent. That is why curly green chili is less spicy than curly red chili.
How Spicy is Curly Green Chili?
Curly Green Chili is a moderately hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. Although it is less spicy than curly red chili, it is still considered a medium spicy level in Indonesian cooking.
How to Choose
If you notice any signs of rotting, including soft or dark spots, you should throw them out. Fresh chili peppers should be shiny and firm to the touch. There should be no wrinkles or discolorations before storing.
How to Store
If you plan to use them soon, you can keep fresh chili peppers at room temperature for a few days. Place them into paper bags and keep them in a cool dark place, such as your pantry.
You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks. Do not wash the peppers before storing them. It is best to keep them dry because moisture can speed up the rotting process.
If you plan to freeze them, wash them and you can store them whole or cut. They will last for up to 6 months in the freezer. Place them in an airtight freezer container or ziplock bag. Fill the containers as full as possible or remove as much air as possible to retain their freshness longer.
Chili peppers are also great to dry. You can exactly use dried chilies exactly the same in recipes as you would do fresh ones. Place on a plate or a wire rack in a dry, well-ventilated room. You can also string the chilies up on string or thread and hang them to dry. Within several weeks, you will have dried chili peppers.