Dried Pasilla Negro chile peppers are long, flat, and slender, averaging 15 to 25 centimeters in length and 2 to 4 centimeters in diameter, and have a slightly tapered appearance capped with a dry, brown stem. The pepper’s surface is glossy, covered in wrinkles and deep folds, and ranges in color from red-brown to dark purple, almost black. Underneath the skin, a layer of semi-thick, dried flesh encases a hollow cavity filled with many golden-yellow, round seeds. Dried Pasilla Negro chile peppers will have a soft and pliable consistency when properly dehydrated. As the pods age, they may develop a more brittle, tough, and crumbling nature. The dried peppers emit a sweet aroma reminiscent of raisins and chocolate, and the pods also have a complex blend of earthy, fruity, and smoky flavors combined with herbaceous, woodsy nuances and dried fruit, coffee, and warm spice-like undertones.