Chao tian jiao, or facing heaven chilies, are so called because they grow upward toward the sky. There are many types of facing heaven chilies, but these are the most popular in Chengdu. They 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 gong bao chicken 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.
(Note that if you're looking for bigger, fatter peppers, we also offer red lantern chilies.)
Most chili peppers sold and eaten in Sichuan nowadays come from southern provinces including Guizhou and Yunnan, which are warmer and less industrialized/polluted. These chilies grown in Guizhou go direct from farmer to our supplier in Chengdu for processing and packaging, and meet strict U.S. safety standards. We recommend keeping them in the freezer for optimal long-term storage.
Source: Grown in Guizhou Province, processed in Chengdu, Sichuan
Size: 4 ounces (115 grams); 4 1/2 cups by volume