As the most popular spice worldwide, the chile plays an important role in transforming bland cuisines into warm and flavorful culinary delights. Christopher Columbus came across these fruits during his search for pepper (Piper nigrum) in the New World, and carried his prize back to Europe. Now, this pungent pod plays an integral part in the cuisines of many countries including Africa, China, India, Thailand, Mexico, South America, and Spain. This wonderful blend is prepared from a variety of mild to hot chilies, and is slightly milder than cayenne pepper. Adds a deep, rich color, and a bit of heat to a variety of dishes. Delicious in chili con carne. Add to any Mexican dish, from burritos to tamales.