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Urfa Biber Chile Flakes
Urfa Biber Chile Flakes
Urfa Biber Chile Flakes

Urfa Biber Chile Flakes

Chocolate, Prunes, Tobacco

Size: 2.12oz Pouch

Grown in southeastern Turkey, in the city of Şanlıurfa, the Urfa Biber is a dried chile that's used to make our flakes. Most of the agricultural areas in this region are on or around the Harren Plateau, far from the sea but close to the Euphrates River, which shapes the climate in the area. The winters are cold, and the summers are scorching and arid, making it the perfect environment to grow chiles. A natural stand-in for crushed red pepper, this wonderfully well-rounded spice is a favorite of professional chefs worldwide. It's used to bring a smoky flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, and a slight raisin-like sweetness to everything from hearty stews to Middle Eastern yogurt sauces to roasted veggies.

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Small Pouch Net Weight: 2.12oz

Bulk Bag Net Weight: 16oz

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Şanlıurfa, Turkey

For the Urfa chile, the drying process is much more important than the actual growing process. The peppers are cultivated on family farms, with some farmers renting out their neighbors land. The chiles turn from dark green or bright red to deep red as they ripen, with harvesting starting around mid-August and lasting up to mid-October. The farmers, along with local villagers, chop the peppers into flakes, soak them in water, and lay them between plastic sheets in the sun to ferment. The key to their consistent flavor with similar results year after year? It's all in the timing of the harvesting process.

Tips for Success

  • Add this spice to marinades for meats, poultry, and fish. Urfa Chile flakes add a smoky flavor and can help tenderize the meat.
  • Mix with other spices for a delicious and fragrant dry rub for meats like chicken, pork, or beef. Urfa chile flakes can also be used in sauces like BBQ sauce or hot sauce.
  • Remember that Urfa chile flakes are a little bit spicy, so start with a small amount and add more as needed to achieve your desired level of heat.


How old are these spices?

We purchase what we need every year right after the spices are harvested. These spices are as fresh as you can get. They are not sitting in a warehouse for multiple years. The oldest spices we carry will be one year old compared to the commodity market which warehouses spices for 10+ years before selling them to you.

Are these spices certified organic?

Unfortunately we do not have any certifications at this time but most of our spices are organically grown and all of them are non gmo. Each ingredient can be traced back to its origin. Email for any questions.

Do you have recipes to go with these blends?

Yes! We have an ever expanding recipe library of chef tested recipes. Please shoot us an email if there are any recipes you would like to see at

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