Karatzovitiki Aridaias | Traditional Whole Peppers from North Greece



Indulge in the distinctive flavor and rich culinary heritage of Karatzovitiki Peppers from Aridaia, Greece, offered by Botano. Grown in the fertile soils of the Macedonian region, these peppers are renowned for their vibrant color, robust taste, and versatility in Mediterranean cuisine.

Authentic Greek Delicacy: Karatzovitiki Peppers are a cherished specialty of Aridaia, celebrated for their unique flavor profile and cultural significance in Greek culinary traditions. Hand-picked at peak ripeness, they offer a balance of sweetness and mild heat, perfect for enhancing a variety of dishes.

  • Rehydrating: To use, soak the dried peppers in warm water for 15-20 minutes until softened. Remove the seeds and chop finely or blend into sauces and marinades for a robust kick.
  • Flavor Booster: Add whole or chopped peppers to stews, soups, and sauces for a depth of flavor that complements meats, vegetables, and legumes.
  • Infused Oils and Vinegars: Create infused oils or vinegars by steeping whole dried peppers in olive oil or vinegar for a zesty marinade or dressing base.
  • Garnish: Use finely chopped peppers as a garnish for pizzas, salads, or grilled dishes to impart a smoky, Mediterranean flair.

Meticulously cultivated, Karatzovitiki peppers undergo a distinctive smoking process that sets them apart. Carefully sorted into sweet and hot varieties, they undergo a slow, artisanal smoking process lasting 10 to 15 days over fragrant wood fires. This meticulous technique yields a spectrum of exceptional products, including traditional chili pepper, both sweet and spicy red pepper varieties, paprika, paste, and ointment, each imbued with a depth of flavor and culinary versatility that reflects the essence of Northern Greek cuisine.

This artisanal approach not only preserves the peppers' natural qualities but also honors the heritage of Aridaia, where each harvest represents a dedication to quality and tradition. Discover the rich flavors and cultural legacy of Karatzovitiki peppers, ensuring a taste of authentic Greek excellence at your table.

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