Urfa Pepper, which is also known as Isot Pepper is a chili grown in the Urfa region of Turkey. Sun dried during the day and wrapped and sweated at night, this chili has a wonderful smoky, raisin-like flavor reminiscent of dried fruits and tobacco. Urfa Pepper is hotter than Marash or Aleppo Pepper and is purplish-black as opposed to red in color.
Urfa pepper flakes are traditionally used in Turkey with meat. This chili, however, can be used in almost any dish where medium heat is desired including sweet dishes. Once your try Urfa Pepper you will reach for it often. This is a chili which should be in every cooks' spice cabinet.