Cascabel

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Cascabel

Cascabel: Cascabel chiles are small round chile peppers which grow native along the Pacific coast of Mexico. Cascabel chiles can also be called chile bola, bola chile, rattle chile or coba. They are a small, round, medium hot chiles in the family Capsicum annuum. The name Cascabel comes from the Spanish word for "rattle", the dried chiles make a rattling sound when shaken and can be used for music. Cascabels are small chiles, usually about 1 inch in diameter, are plum shaped and have a nutty, smokey flavor. They are green when immature, and become a dark red/brown color when ripe or dried.

Cascabel are available whole, dried, ground, powdered or as a paste. They are popular in soups, salsas, sauces and stews. Their warm, nutty, slightly bitter flavor works well in most Mexican dishes. Medium hot, cascabel run between 1,250-2,500 Scoville units or a 4 on a heat index scale of 10. You can substitute cascabels for other chiles like guajillo chile, pequin pepper, tepin pepper, or cayenne pepper, but you will need to account for the different heat index of each. Cascabels can also be toasted, releasing a tantalizing aroma. Toasted cascabels can be used in most dishes, or made into a smokey, spicy sauce.

 

    Cascabel Chile Facts:
  • Cascabel comes from the Spanish word for "rattle"
  • Cascabel Heat Index - Moderate: 1,250-2,500 Scoville units (4 on a scale of 10)
  • Cascabels grow wild along the Pacific coast of Mexico
  • Available whole, granulated, powdered, and as a paste
  • Common in Mexican cuisine
  • Small round peppers, about 1" diameter
  • Latin or binomial name: Capsicum annuum
Nutritional data per 100g:

  • Alanine - 0.433 g
  • Arginine - 0.508 g
  • Ash - 6.60 g
  • Aspartic acid - 1.512 g
  • Calcium, Ca - 45 mg
  • Carbohydrate, by difference - 69.86 g
  • Carotene, alpha - 994 mcg
  • Carotene, beta - 14844 mcg
  • Copper, Cu - 0.228 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta - 1103 mcg
  • Cystine - 0.203 g
  • Energy - 1355 kj
  • Energy - 324 kcal
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated - 0.468 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated - 3.079 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated - 0.813 g
  • Fiber, total dietary - 28.7 g
  • Folate, DFE - 51 mcg_DFE
  • Folate, food - 51 mcg
  • Folate, total - 51 mcg
  • Glutamic acid - 1.397 g
  • Glycine - 0.391 g
  • Histidine - 0.215 g
  • Iron, Fe - 6.04 mg
  • Isoleucine - 0.342 g
  • Leucine - 0.554 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin - 5494 mcg
  • Lysine - 0.471 g
  • Magnesium, Mg - 88 mg
  • Manganese, Mn - 0.821 mg
  • Methionine - 0.127 g
  • Niacin - 8.669 mg
  • Pantothenic acid - 0.956 mg
  • Phenylalanine - 0.327 g
  • Phosphorus, P - 159 mg
  • Potassium, K - 1870 mg
  • Proline - 0.460 g
  • Protein - 10.58 g
  • Riboflavin - 1.205 mg
  • Selenium, Se - 3.5 mcg
  • Serine - 0.425 g
  • Sodium, Na - 91 mg
  • Sugars, total - 41.06 g
  • Thiamin - 0.081 mg
  • Threonine - 0.389 g
  • Total lipid (fat) - 5.81 g
  • Tryptophan - 0.135 g
  • Tyrosine - 0.220 g
  • Valine - 0.447 g
  • Vitamin A, IU - 26488 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE - 1324 mcg_RAE
  • Vitamin B-6 - 0.810 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid - 31.4 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) - 3.14 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) - 108.2 mcg
  • Water - 7.15 g
  • Zinc, Zn - 1.02 mg
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