Chili Pepper Description
Hot chili pepper is a shrub from the nightshade family, the fruits of which are highly pungent and used for food. Native to America, hot peppers are now distributed throughout the world. The name chili comes from the Aztec word for red, although it's worth noting that hot chili peppers when ripe can be green, yellow, orange, red, purple, or even more exotic in color. But it was the red hot pepper that gave the name, which is now used all over the world – "chili". A lot of information about hot chili peppers can be found at hot-pepper-sauces.com, which is dedicated to different varieties of hot peppers and sauces based on them. Pepper owes its sharpness to the high content of capsaicin alkaloid in fruits. Chili peppers are grown both outdoors and in greenhouses or even at home – it all depends on the climatic conditions.
The Benefits of Hot Chili Peppers
Hot chili peppers are an excellent bactericidal agent and the capsaicin they contain destroys a large number of harmful bacteria. Eating chili peppers increases immunity, especially against various colds. Hot pepper increases appetite and stimulates the human gastrointestinal tract. Hot pepper tinctures and ointments are used to relieve joint and muscle pain. Hot peppers improve eyesight, help lower blood sugar levels and are useful in the fight against obesity. And finally, eating chili peppers triggers the release of endorphins, the happiness hormone, that enhances well-being and mood!
The Harm of Hot Red Pepper
It is rather not about what harm hot chili peppers can do, but about the precautions of working with such a burning fruit when processing and using it. Because of its high pungency, hot chili peppers can affect not only the mucous membranes, but also the skin of the hands, especially for extremely hot peppers. So what precautions should you take when coming into contact with hot chili peppers?
- It is necessary to try to avoid contact of chili peppers with mucous membranes, as the most vulnerable parts of the human body to hot pepper.
- When working with especially hot varieties of chili peppers, it is recommended to use rubber gloves, since the capsaicin contained in pepper can affect not only mucous membranes, but also open skin, causing severe burning.
- Rubber gloves will protect you from accidental touching with your hands to mucous membranes after the cooking process – washing your hands does not really help get rid of contact with hot peppers.
- After cooking, it is necessary to very thoroughly wash your hands, dishes, kitchen tools and all surfaces with which hot peppers could come into contact.
- You can fight the hotness of chili peppers only with milk and fermented milk products – yogurt or kefir helps well. It makes no sense to drink hot peppers with water – water will not reduce the sensation of pungency, and may even enhance it.
The Use of Hot Chili Peppers in Cooking
Since its appearance in the Old World, hot chili peppers have quickly spread throughout Europe and Asia – in many countries, dishes using various varieties of hot peppers are considered traditional. It is used raw, pickled, dried and frozen; pepper is used as an spice in many recipes, as a base for hot sauces – for example, everyone knows Abkhaz adjika or American Tabasco sauce. In Korea, hot peppers are used in one of the most famous national dishes – kimchi. And so all over the world! It is impossible to list all the ways to use hot chili in cooking – it is included in a huge number of different dishes, sauces and condiments in many countries of the world.