If you think that a chile pepper's only quality is defoliating heat, think again. Like wine grapes, chile peppers have an enormous range of flavors and textures and yes, they also have heat. For example, the habañero, one of the hottest chiles on earth, has intense tropical flavors of tangerine, passion fruit and guava.
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