Fruits from shrubbery peppers are known worldwide as chilli peppers. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Mexico, with which they are usually associated. It is very often important part of the traditional cuisine in India, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Chilli peppers do not have a use only in the kitchen, but also as a home remedy or as part of a slimming treatment.
Throughout the world there are several hundred species of chilli peppers, mainly differing by contained amounts of capsaicin. Hotness of chilli peppers is determined by Scoville scale that ranges from 0 to 15000000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units), where the upper end of the scale is pure capsaicin.
Chilli peppers as a "family doctor"
Hot chilli peppers contain not only capsaicin but also vitamin C, carotene B, aromatic oils, minerals and natural dyestuff and others.
Chilli peppers and in particular the main ingredient capsaicin, have a demonstrable effect on accelerating the treatment of rhinitis, which were able to prove American scientists in an extensive study, which confirmed that the nasal spray from chilli peppers reduces inflammation in the sinuses and cures to chronic rhinitis. The unpleasant fact of this research is that capsaicin in nasal drops can not be used without the numbing of nasal mucosa, therefore the workday use for colds is at the moment only the music of the future.
Adequate amount of chilli peppers have a positive effect on the digestive system, because they support the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and gall bladder and by that it is helping with digestion of fat and heavy meals.
With the ability to increase blood circulation of whole body are chilli peppers, respectively extracts from chilli peppers, used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the joints, because an application of an extract to the affected place leads to relief of pain and discomfort and accelerate the treatment of inflammation.
Chilli peppers for encouragement
Chilli peppers are considered as a natural aphrodisiac because of the ability of capsaicin which can stimulate blood circulation and blood supply throughout the body. Blood circulation in the genital organs subsequently increases their sensitivity. After ingestion of food enriched with chilli peppers also improves the potency.
Slimming with chilli
Capsaicin contained in chilli, affects the production of heat in the body, thereby helping to trigger the process of burning fat, especially in the abdominal area. It also acts as a natural antibiotic and antioxidant. Some beauty salons even offer chilli packs that increase blood circulation in the body from outside and in addition to burning fat it also remove cellulite. However you can not rely on the chilli peppers itself with solving the problems of overweight. Chilli peppers are only a means for accelerating fat burning, which of course can not replace exercise and proper diet.
Chilli Con Carne recipe
Chilli Con Carne is a Mexican specialty, which, due to their piquancy attract many fans worldwide.
400 g of canned red beans
400 g canned tomatoes
1 red pepper
2 chilli pepper (to taste and resilience)
1 large onion
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves garlic
300 ml beef stock
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon of crushed caraway seed
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon brown sugar
oil, salt, pepper
Cut the onion into small cubes and fry in on a tablespoon of oil until golden brown in a frying pan. Add the diced pepper, chilli peppers, slices chopped garlic, ground caraway seed and pepper and simmer it for about 5 minutes. Add the minced meat and fry it on stronger fire. Pout broth on the baked minced meat, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, marjoram and sugar and mix everything finely. Leave it on low heat, stirring occasionally and cook it with the lid on for about 20 minutes. If it is necessary, pour more broth. Finally, add the strained beans, salt, pepper and cook for about 10 minutes without the lid. Let stand Chilli Con Carne for a few minutes it will get even better taste.
Serve Chilli Con Carne with rice, tortillas, nachos and fresh pastries.
Tip: instead of sugar, add 1 box of dark chocolate, Chilli Con Carne will get unmistakable and mostly unforgettable taste.
What to do if swallowed too sharp chilli peppers
In the case of high sharpness in the mouth after eating chilli peppers is recommended to drink a glass of high fat milk, eat yogurt or wash out mouth with a shot of something "harder" because a capsaicin is soluble in fats and alcohol.
Chilli peppers – interesting facts
- The smaller the chilli peppers are the sharper and more intense flavour they have.
- Fresh chilli peppers are always much more piquant than dried or powdered ones.
- The longer you cook the chilli peppers in the dish, thus resulting dish is spicier, so it is better to add them to the very end of cooking.
- Currently the hottest chilli in the world - Trinidad Scorpion Butch T - has a degree of hotness 1,463,700 SHU and has such power that it must laboured in protective gloves. For comparison: Normal Jalapeno pepper contains between 2,500 and 5,000 units.