Dare to turn up the heat with fresh chili peppers for tonight’s dinner? From jalapenos to habaneros to cayenne peppers, there are as many varieties of chilies as there are grains of rice. While fresh is best, dried peppers offer another depth of flavor.

When consuming chili, always be careful. Know your limits as your taste buds can get scorched! Here are some specialty stores that sell chili peppers around the Metro.

1. Seven Spice Shop
West Avenue, Quezon City
+63919 818 1220

Seven Spice Shop is a home-based “store” owned by Isi Laureano, and has been operating since 2004. Products are sold through meet ups or delivery. Their products include siling labuyo or wild chili pepper, NuMex Twilight and Ancho chili peppers. They also have jarred chilies in brine as well as imported herbs and spices from the US like cardamom, mustard seeds, peppercorns, star anise and fennel seeds. You may contact them through email: sevenspiceshop@gmail.com, or through its official Facebook page: 7spiceshop.

2. Spices ‘N Flavors
Market!Market!, Taguig
(02) 728 9562

Spices ‘N Flavors is a food store owned by Carmen Ragas and Claudine Mangasing. They sell green peppers in brine and many dried chili peppers including long stemmed chillies, Chipotle chili, California chili, Santaka Japense chili and also Ancho chili peppers. They also have different exotic dried spices such as kaffir lime, Iranian saffron, juniper berries, Herbes de Provence, and many others. Their products are imported from Thailand, India, Dubai, Turkey and the US.

3. Salcedo Community Market
Salcedo Village, Makati

Take a walk to Salcedo Community Market every Saturday and discover new finds with every trip. At this weekend market, open from 7 A.M. to 2 P.M., you can buy your stash of chili, both fresh and dried.

4. AANI Weekend Market
FTI Complex, Taguig

Open from 5 A.M. to 6 P.M. on weekends, the AANI Weekend Market boasts over 200 stalls. There you can find an array of fresh vegetables as well as freshly picked, imported Taiwan chili peppers. You can buy with confidence as these are all organic.