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Chile Threads

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About: A traditional Korean garnish, mild in heat, full in flavor. 

Chile threads, or sil-gochu, is a traditional Korean garnish made by thinly slicing Korean red peppers, or gochu. It is a very mild pepper with a SHU (Scoville Heat Units), of less than 1,000. It has been falsely stated that the Central American red pepper came to Korea during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1952.

However, the Korean pepper is biologically different from the red peppers native to Central America. Researchers have proven that gochu arrived in the Korean peninsula millions of years ago, having been spread by seeds and has been evolving ever since. It should be noted, kimchi can only be made using sil-gochu due to its mildness. Using any other red pepper would deem the kimchi too spicy for consumption after the fermentation process. Incorporate the Chile Treads into dishes as is, toasted, or rehydrated!

Taste and Aroma: Mild, earthy flavor.

Uses: Vegetables, soups, pasta, fish & garnish. To rehydrate, soak in water for 10-15 minutes; the threads will appear softer and more feather-like. 

Ingredients: Yidu Chile.

SHU*: 1,000-2,500

Net Wt: 8 oz (228g) | $2.73/oz

              16 oz (454g) | $2.45/ oz

*SHU (Scoville Heat Units) is the universal measurement of heat or pungency of a chile pepper. (example: Bell Pepper SHU: 0; Ghost Chile Pepper SHU: 1,000,000)