Dried Chile de Arbol peppers are slender, small peppers, averaging 5 to 8 centimeters in length and 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter, and have an elongated, narrow shape tapering to a distinct point on the non-stem end. The peppers have a flat, wrinkled appearance and retain a bright red coloring when dried, a unique trait as other dried peppers typically turn a shade of maroon or brown. The peppers are also attached to fibrous, woody green stems that should be removed before reconstituting. The pepper’s thin flesh is brittle, dry, and delicate with a crumbling texture, and there are numerous, round and flat, yellow seeds encased in the central cavity. Dried Chile de Arbol peppers develop a concentrated blend of sweet, subtly bitter, smokey, earthy, nutty, and grassy flavors followed by a delayed, intense heat that lingers on the palate.