Facing Heaven Chili (Chao Tian Jiao, 朝天椒)

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Chao tian jiao, or facing heaven chilies, are so called because they grow upward toward the sky. While they are sometimes round, these are slim and 1.5 inch to 2.5 inches in length. They are deep-red and medium-hot and are used for many Sichuan dishes, since they can be used in abundance. Try them in cumin lamb or shui zhu ("water-boiled") dishes. (As with all dried chilies, the heat is controllable: Leave chilies whole for less heat, cut them in half and include the seeds in your dish for maximum heat.) Sourced directly from Chengdu spice markets, they are hand selected from new crop, with no impurities or additives. Store in a cool, dark place or, for longer term, in the freezer. (Note that if you're looking for bigger, fatter peppers, we offer bullet head chilies.)

Source: Sichuan Province
Size: 200 grams (7 ounces); 6 cups by volume