How often do you spice up your food with chili peppers? Often? Sometimes? Seldom? Never? The puzzle is right now in your court to solve!!!
Just some quick heads up on my personal adventures with chili peppers over the past years before I move ahead to share some really important facts you definitely need to be aware of about this special vegetable.
Personally, I’ve always loved peppery meals and I barely can recount ever cooking or eating any homemade food without adding at least few pinches of pepper. Almost every member of my family loves peppery dishes and I can’t even deny that this has been the case from time immemorial. When I say peppery food, I don’t mean that the food will be overly pepperish to the extent of burning off my tongue or putting me off the meal.
Although some people enjoy really hotty pepperish dishes but that is not just the case with me. I always prefer it to be within minimal range. I don’t know about you but I can tell you for sure that some people would never dare to eat food without pepper. I’ve seen many of such people so I am telling you from experience but personally, I don’t mind whether the food is pepperish or not — Just Bring the food on and I will gladly devour it!!!
Almost everyone eats pepper everyday even without realizing it. Right now, let’s then forge ahead and unravel some important facts you ought to be aware of about this peppery vegetable; scotch bonnet pepper. The popularity of this pepper and obviously every other peppers is as a result of the combination of its strong pungency, pepperish taste and color.
Scotch Bonnet, which is also known as Bonney pepper, red pepper, boabs bonnet, Caribbean red pepper, achucha pepper, ball of fire or Scotty Bons is a type of chili pepper that is believed to have originated from the Caribbeans before spreading to other parts of the world especially Africa. Scotch pepper is sort of similar to habanero and they both belong to a higher classification of species known as Capsicum chinense.
Pepper is such a distinctive vegetable due to its spicy hotty flavour that makes it widely acceptable for spicing and flavouring food. Different parts of the world have different species and lists of pepper namely; datil pepper, numex twilight, black pepper, white pepper, Chili pepper, Carolina Reaper, ghost pepper, Jolokia Pepper, Naga Viper, peter pepper, fish pepper, chipotle morita, cascabella, Trinidad Scorpion, Yellow Bhut Jolokia, lemon drop pepper, jaloro pepper, Moruga Scorpion, Brazillian starfish pepper, Peach Bhut Jolokia, aleppo pepper, hidalgo chile pepper, tiger paw habanero, manzano pepper, tepin, alma paprika pepper, bahamian bird pepper, cherry bomb pepper, red savina habanero, fatalii, Melrose Pepper, Peruvian white habanero, guyana pepper (wiri wiri), Fresno pepper, charleston pepper, serrano pepper, aji charapita, Bulgarian carrot pepper, peperoncino, tabiche pepper, kung pao pepper, cayenne pepper, surinam yellow pepper, paprika pepper, Naga morich, red amazon pepper, rocoto pepper malagueta pepper, yatsufusa chile pepper, purira chili pepper, prairie fire pepper, guntur sannam chile pepper, cumari do para, Thai pepper, Spanish naga (Gibralta naga), dundicut pepper, tabasco pepper, pequin pepper, diablo grande pepper, santaka pepper, Naga Jolokias, Purple Bhut Jolokia etc.
There are quite a lot of different types of pepper from all over the world but you will agree with me that one commonality of all these peppers is the fact that they are used for spicing and flavouring food. Besides, researchers have also revealed that including pepper in our diet is very beneficial to our health due to its nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidant content.
Interestingly, studies reveal that very high quantity of ascorbic acid has been recorded in fresh peppers especially when compared with other fruits and vegetables. The strong pungent flavour and aroma of chili pepper is as a result of the presence of alkaloids known as capsaicinoids. Here are some of the amazing benefits of scotch bonnet peppers, which you ought to be aware of.
12 BENEFITS OF SCOTCH BONNET PEPPERS
1. Medicinal Benefits of Peppers
Scotch pepper contains capsaicin, which is normally used for manufacturing medications such as analgesic, pepper spray and circulatory stimulant.
2. Flavouring and Spicing
Due to it’s spectacular colour and flavouful aroma, scotch bonnet can be used for flavouring and spicing different African, American, Asian, European and Australian cuisines including pepper recipes such as pepper sauce, hot sauces and pepper soup etc.
3. Ornamental Purposes
Peppers can be planted as a decorative and ornamental plant due to its colourful appearance especially when the they are ripe.
4. Colouring Agent
Peppers can be used for colouring food due to their strong colours such as paprika pepper, purple pepper, red long peppers and cayenne peppers etc.
5. Nutritional Values of scotch bonnet Peppers
Scotch bonnet peppers are an excellent source of phytochemicals and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), iron, vitamin B, carotenoids, niacin, riboflavin, dietary fiber, flavonoids and magnesium.
6. Insecticidal Properties of Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Scotch bonnet peppers contain insecticidal properties thus can be used as a natural insecticide in farmlands and gardens for wading off insects, nematodes etc.
7. Fights Cancer
Scotch bonnet peppers contain capsaicin, which have been revealed by researchers to be capable of preventing and blocking the growth of cancer cells. Capsaicin, which is present in scotch bonnet peppers are capable of suppressing the growth of malignant cells and cellular metabolic activation.
8. Pain Treatment
Scotch bonnet peppers can be used for treating different types of pain such as; rheumatoid pain, headaches, osteoarthritis pain, painful diabetic neuropathy and inflammatory heat due to the presence of capsaicin in them.
9. Relieves Chest Congestion
Scotch bonnet peppers can be used for preparing traditional medicines and soups that can be taken to relieve chest congestion and for preventing sinusitis.
10. Treatment of Asthma
The roots of scotch bonnet peppers can be used be preparing traditional medicines that can be used for treating asthma.
11. Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases
The presence of capsaicin in scotch bonnet peppers makes this pepper capable of reducing the onset of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis etc This is achieved simply by inhibiting the aggregation of the platelets.
12. weight Management
Scotch bonnet pepper is an excellent source of capsaicin, which researchers have revealed to be capable of reducing excess body fat build-up. So if you want to shed those excess fat, don’t forget to include some reasonable amount of scotch bonnet peppers in your diet.
This post is for enlightenment purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional diagnostic and treatments. Remember to always consult your healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions or for counselling, guidance and treatment about a specific medical condition.
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