“Sequeros”, built hundreds of years ago, with it's willow rods and mud flooring
The intense Autumn rains in Candeleda right at pepper harvest time, forced the pepper growers to develop an alternative process to sun-drying. They built Sequeros, stone and adobe structures, with the purpose of drying the peppers with smoke. Their characteristics make them unique to Candeleda.
These stone buildings are divided in two levels inside. The lower level's flooring is comprised of mud bricks, perfect to host the fire whose smoke will dry the peppers. The top level or “zarzo” is made of willow, ash tree or “ojaranzo” tree rods, where the peppers are placed to be smoke-dried.