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Any of the varieties of chilies that are harvested when they are young, still green colored and tender in texture. As they ripen their color changes from green to red or brownish-red and the intensity of their flavor matures as well, becoming spicier with age. Traditionally, the smaller the chile, the hotter the flavor and the younger the chile (still green, not red) the milder the flavor. It is the seed within the chile that is the hottest part of this vegetable. Green chilies are available fresh, pickled, or canned. The canned varieties may be processed into whole, sliced or diced chilies. Typical types of chilies packaged as green chilies are Anaheim (New Mexico chile), Poblano, or Pasilla, which are generally the milder types of chilies. Green chiles are added to many recipes for appetizers, soups, stews, egg dishes, main dishes, snacks, and sauces.
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