When everything is routine, flat, tasteless, we want to "spice up" things. It is the same in the kitchen. And what serves best this purpose is the chili. Whether it’s about surprising your taste buds or spicing up flavors that are too bland, red hot chilli peppers are what you need.
It is one of the hot spices that warm the body and the heart. But be aware if you are just starting with this spice, which can spoil a dish in the event of an overdose. Here, we will tell you all about chili or red chilli peppers.
The word "chilli" is a common name used to designate the concept of "spicy" in the general sense. It is actually the fruit of different species of plants that belongs to the Solanaceae family. These can be green, yellow, orange, red, in color, and cultivated worldwide. They are widely known for their remarkable aromatic qualities and their medicinal properties.
Chili is a spice that is widespread in the world, in unequal quantities depending on the culture. There are even clubs in the United States where hot pepper lovers meet. These clubs are called "chiliheads"!
Thanks to the capsaicin they contain, chili peppers help burn fat and reduce appetite. They also have a preventive role in the appearance of certain cancers (pancreas, lungs, prostate). Countries with large consumers of peppers are less affected by these diseases (Indians and Mexicans, particularly).
Red chilli peppers strengthen immunity, boost the digestive system, and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Finally, peppers contain a large number of vitamins A (beta-carotene), B6 (action on red blood cells), C and E. Also, it contains trace elements such as copper, iron, and manganese. Powdered or fresh, it is therefore interesting to consume chilli.
If you grow your peppers, after harvesting, tie them with a string, hanging "upside-down" in the sun. It will dry your peppers naturally. This way, they will continue to ripen and offer a powerful taste. This process takes between 3 and 9 months, but you can opt for faster dehydration in the oven or dehydrator. Then you just have to convert them to powder.
Peppers can be eaten cooked, pan-fried in olive oil, and sprinkled as pizza toppings. They are also suitable for steaming with other vegetables, ideally, cut into pieces. Many even cook them on the barbecue: brush the peppers with olive oil using a culinary brush and place them on the grill. Turn them from time to time so that all sides are lightly toasted. You can do the same in the oven. Whatever the cooking method, it is imperative to opt for little cooking so that the pepper retains its spiciness and its nutrients.
Well, you can purchase it from any reputed grocery store. Also, you can shop it online like I always order Italian stuffed peppers from italianfoodstore.com. The best part about buying stuffed peppers is you don’t have to be extra cautious while storing. Just keep it in an airtight jar.
If you choose to buy your chili peppers fresh, make sure they are firm with a beautiful glossy, shiny coat. If you opt for chili powder, it must give off a pleasant aroma and not be stale in contact with air.