From dark green to dark brown with deep rich smokey/sweet flavor. The poblano is a mild chili pepper originating in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Dried, it is called a chile ancho ("wide chile"). The ripened red poblano is significantly hotter and more flavorful than the less ripe, green poblano. While poblanos tend to have a mild flavor, occasionally and unpredictably, they can have significant heat. Different peppers from the same plant have been reported to vary substantially in heat intensity. A closely related variety is the mulato, which is darker in color, sweeter in flavor and softer in texture. When dried, the poblano becomes a broad, flat, heart-shaped pod called an ancho chile (meaning “wide” in Spanish); from this form, it is often ground into a powder used as flavoring in various dishes.“Poblano” is also the word for an inhabitant of Puebla, and mole poblano refers to the spicy chocolate chili sauce originating in Puebla.