Geek talkCapsicum Annuum

But we talkRed Chili Pepper, Lal Mirch (Hindi), Seppu Molagai (Tamil) 

Description Chili Peppers have been an integral part of the human diet dating back to 7500 BCE in South and Central America and are now a food of the world. This is exemplified by how India, which is half way around the world from the Americas, is now the largest producer of chili peppers. The distinct, hot taste of chili peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Some of the hottest chili peppers on the Scoville Scale are Carolina Reaper, Naga Viper, and Bhut Jolokia. The most popular varieties of chili peppers are cayenne, habanero, chipotle, jalapeno, anaheim, and ancho

Kitchen PharmacyContains the alkaloid capsaicin which is an anti-inflammatory, can be used to topically treat osteoarthritis pain, and helps clear mucus from your nose and lungs. Chili peppers are supposed to be a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.  

The only problem with that claim is the serving size assumed is 1 oz or 28 grams. At that level of heat you will probably need help! An interesting tidbit is the heat you feel after eating chili peppers is produced by burning calories and therefore, it can aid in weight loss. (But this is not our recommended way for you to lose weight!) "Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy".

Nutrition:  Serving Size: 1 Oz

The ideal serving size however is only about 2 grams so the readings above are a little meaningless. You dont need to worry about calories, carbs, fat and protein.  (about 2 medium sized red chillies no more than 3" long). Note that chillies vary significantly in their "scovil rating" or spiciness so choose carefully and once you hit your favorite variety say with it.

Origin: Romania 

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