KYI | Chili
By Organic Fusion Kitchen
Chili, fire in different shapes and forms
Chili is a truly global phenomenon these days, as this spicy and potent pepper features in many dishes, spice blends and cuisines. Best of all chili peppers are one of the ultimate health agents, and can even deliver pain relief, not bad at all, only hot.
"A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavor and fear."
Spicy chili food is nice from time to time, but what we feel is even more important is to use chili in very small amounts in all cooking, to bring that very subtle heat to food, it is delightful. Something like an eight or a quarter of tea spoon really does the trick. In tea or coffee, try adding just a few flakes, magical.
Did you know this about chili peppers?
Chili is an anti-inflammatory agent and good for metabolism. It helps maintain natural immunity and can even lessen the feeling of pain.
International studies show that regular consumption of chili pepper may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Chili is rich in vitamin A, B, C and E, which helps body, heart and mind stay healthy and strong. Even if used in small amounts it is always worth it.
Chili peppers are happiness agents, as they release feel-good endorphins and dopamine. Therefore it is worth keeping chili in the diet plan.
Few types of commonly used chili pepper
A popular culinary red chili in Italy. Mostly used as flakes and preserved whole.
20,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
This chili truly packs a punch, and is said to originate from French Guiana. Commonly used in powered form.
40,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
This mild to mediums heat chili pepper has enriched Mexican kitchen culture for over 1000 years.
Mild to Medium
2,000 - 8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
Very mild chili with plenty of flavour from Central America. Very popular in Mexican cuisine and BBQ style dishes.
500 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
There are plenty more varieties out there with different properties, so if you are into chili it is worth trying different ones out. Some people even forge life long bonds with their favourite chili peppers, amazing.
"When one has been seduced by the notorious chili pepper, and falls under its spell, there literally is no going back, as it is a bond forged in fire and desire, made to last through the ages."
Active Ingredients & Health Benefits
Capsaicin is the primary bioactive substance in chili peppers, which causes the heat and pain sensation. Chili is a real immunity booster, which is rich in vitamins, promotes weight loss fights diabetes.
Folklore & Legend
In Italy, chili is said to bring good fortune, as well as protect against envy, gossip and harming others. This is likely the reason why many Italian kitchens are still equipped with a bundle of hanging chili.
Things To Be Mindful Of
Whilst chili peppers are safe for most to use, they can cause a temporary burning sensation of mouth and throat, as well as trigger uncomfortable intestinal side effects.