The Thai Red chili is a particularly spicy variety known for its slender size, measuring approximately 2.5 inches long and 0.375 inches wide. These chilies grow on plants that reach about 24 inches in height. A notable feature of the Thai Red chili is its growth habit, with upright and clustered pods. The pods have thin flesh, making them well-suited for various culinary applications. These chilies undergo a maturation process that spans over 90 days, changing color from green to vibrant red as they ripen. Originating from Thailand, this variety of chili is a member of the Capsicum Annuum species.
The Thai Red chili is widely used in culinary contexts, especially oriental cuisine. Both green (unripe) and red (ripe) pods are utilized in cooking. One of the standard methods of using these chilies is drying them, which intensifies their flavor and allows for more extended storage. The dried chilies can then be used in various dishes to add heat and depth of flavor. Fresh chilies are also popular in many Thai dishes, contributing to the distinctive spicy profile of Thai cuisine.