From late summer to early fall, Gangi Dante harvests their organic red chile peppers at peak ripeness and sun-dries them on the family farm. Sun-drying allows their fruity heat to concentrate and their texture to become brittle and easy to crush. Gangi Dante Dried Red Chile Peppers boast a medium-level heat, similar to Calabrian peppers, with just enough kick to complement a dish without competing with other flavors. And while they may look similar to the sweet, olive oil-fried Peperoni Cruschi from Masseria Mirogallo, these peppers are spicier.
How to use
Gently crush Gangi Dante Organic Sicilian Red Chile Peppers into large flakes to add a touch of heat to pasta dishes like Pasta con le Sarde (Sardines and Wild Fennel) or Bucatini all'Amatriciana. Bloom flakes in a saucepan with hot olive oil, creating a quick chile oil condiment to swirl over soups or roasted vegetables and meats. Or make your own Sicilian chile paste by grinding the peppers with a mild extra virgin olive oil, like Biancolilla Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Titone, until smooth. Spoon the paste into a jar, store in the refrigerator and use it to add oomph to pasta, seafood and tomato sauces.
Azienda Agricola Gangi Dante, a family-run business, specializes in farming and preserving local varieties of herbs and spices using traditional methods. Their certified organic 80-acre farm is located at the base of Sicily’s Madonie Mountains, known for its rugged terrain and the nature preserve Madonie Park. The park creates a unique environment, providing not only a beautiful natural landscape, but also protects the area’s ecosystem and village culture. Maintaining this balance inspires Gangi Dante to bridge local traditions with modern approaches to sustainability—like running their entire farm on solar power—enabling them to share their authentic Sicilian flavors.