The name Mirasol means "looking at the sun" in Spanish, which describes the way these peppers grow on the plant. They are known asGuajillo in their dried form, which are one of the main chiles used in traditional mole sauces. The Mirasol varies in size and appearance, but it is conical in shape, and commonly 4-5 inches long, and about 2 inches wide. It is red to dark red, or copper in color.
The flavor of the Mirasol is fruity and berry-like, and is described as full-bodied, distinct, and "delicate." It is perfect for chicken, fish, potato, or pork dishes and adds a delicious spiciness to salsas, stews, chilis and mole sauces. They are very common in Peruvian cooking.