Spicy exchange / 2023
What to know:
The term “siling labuyo,” rooted in Tagalog, simply translates to “wild chili” in English. If you are looking for them in the US, they will simply be called siling labuyo, labuyo chili, or Filipino bird’s eye chilis.
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While tiny in size, siling labuyo packs impressive heat, ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 SHU. To put it in perspective, they share a similar spiciness level with the hotter end of Thai bird’s eye chilis, which fall in the 50,000 to 100,000 SHU range.
When it comes to flavor, siling labuyo peppers are all about the heat – they take center stage without sharing much of the spotlight with other flavor notes. Like all peppers, they are slightly vegetal, and as they mature, a hint of sweetness joins the mix.
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Siling labuyo peppers are also embedded in the fabric of traditional Filipino medicine, particularly for treating conditions like arthritis and toothaches. In contemporary contexts, studies indicate their potential to alleviate pain and inhibit microbial growth.
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