Urfa Biber Chiles are indigenous to the area around the city of Sanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey which is typically referred to as Urfa in his region. The word “Biber” translates to "pepper" in Turkish. This dried Turkish chile is also known as ”Isot pepper”.
The flavor profile of the Urfa Chile is well rounded and complex with a smoky earthy edge and undertones of coffee, chocolate, tobacco and raisins. The flavor and heat is similar to the region’s other star chile the Aleppo Pepper which is grown only a mountain range away in Syria. Considered a medium heat chile this comes in at 6,000-8,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) and their heat is surprising as they start off a bit mild but then almost seem to increase in heat and intensity as the meal progresses.