With chipotle chillies the hot foodie pick at present, Northumberland-based Trees Can’t Dance has utilised the smoked and dried jalapenos to launch a sizzling new paste into Sainsbury’s.
The firm’s Chipotle Chilli Paste is being billed as the ideal last minute ingredient to add spice, heat and flavour to simple snacks and quick suppers as well as providing sure-fire chilli joy to marinades, dressings, sauces, soups, stir fries, curries and stews.
Traditionally in Mexico, chipotle chillies are made with jalapeno chilli peppers, which are first left to dry out on the plant before being picked and then smoked.
According to chilli-mad Trees Can’t Dance owner Dan May, this technique ensures the paste offers a good level of heat but most importantly the distinctive smoky taste, which has been intriguing UK taste buds in the last year.
The Trees Can’t Dance story began in 2005 when Dan picked up a burning desire for the feisty chilli peppers and gave up life as a musician, roadie and photographer to start growing them and making sauces in Northumberland.
Officially the world’s most northerly chilli farm based near Haltwhistle, seven years on and the Trees Can’t Dance range of chilli sauces, spice rubs, jams, chutneys and pickles which are all made with the finest natural ingredients can be found throughout the country, including Harrods and Fortnum and Mason in London.
Dan’s first book, The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook, has also recently been published at £16.99.
The Trees Can’t Dance Chipotle Chilli Paste is available in Sainsbury’s priced at around £1.65 for a 120g jar.