Aleppo Pepper is a spice that people has used for centuries around the world. From its name, you can detect its origin, the city of Aleppo, Syria. it is a variety of Capsicum annuum used as a spice, particularly in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean kitchens, specifically an ingredient that is consistently used throughout the Aleppian cuisine and other cuisines from neighboring countries. From just used as a decorative spice on top of a plate of hummus or steamy white rice to being used in a spice blend to add bold flavor to sheesh tawook (chicken kabob), Aleppo Pepper has its place all around the Aleppian cuisine and has been for centuries across many civilizations that came to the area.
At Aleppo’s Kitchen Restaurant in Anaheim, CA we have used Aleppo Pepper in a number of our dishes, ranging from appetizers to main courses. We just can’t do without it. Due to the horrific circumstances in the city of Aleppo, we are not able to get a consistent supply of Aleppo Pepper and therefore have to resort to other merchants that have been able to get this pepper from other areas in the Middle East where it is a safe environment to do so.
Because of our use of Aleppo Pepper, the New York Times reached out to us to do a story about Aleppo Pepper. They spoke to us about how we utilize it in our kitchen and where we source it from. We are glad that there is more coverage on the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, which helps educate the public at large about the food we serve at Aleppo’s Kitchen. Our goal as an organization is just that. We strive every day to bring the Syrian culture and Aleppian cuisine to the millions living in Southern California form many counties including Los Angeles and Orange County.