The fruits stick straight up turning from green to yellow and than to a deep bright red, making this pepper plant very attractive.
Lovely colorful vibrant chillies are a pleasure to grow for just add some exotic excitement into your home and for me, a challenge to crunch!
Here are the physiological effects when crunching chillies, as scientists explain: the burning sensation we experience as chilly pepper comes into contact with the mouth stimulates the body to release a neurotransmitter called Substance P, which signals to the brain that we are in pain. Initially, the brain reacts by trying to douse this chemical fire by increased salivation, a runny nose, sweating and sometimes tears. Finally, the heart rate increases and the body releases endomorphins, natural opiates produced by the body, essentially producing a sense of well-being.
Unfortunately I had never reached this stage of well-being, so I can't benefit more than visual of the numerous qualities of the chilly pepper;
Did you know that:
- fresh green chilly peppers contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits;
- fresh red chilies contain more vitamin A than carrots;
- they are a good source of potassium, folic acid and vitamin E;
- they are used to treat ailments including arthritis , blood clots and chronic pain management;
- relieves the symptoms of psoriasis.
So, gone are the days when the chilly pepper was blamed for conditions such as piles and stomach ulcers.
Early Spanish explorers took red pepper seeds to Europe where the plant gradually lost its pungent taste and became sweet paprika.
The peppers migrated to Balkans, Hungary and surrounding areas in the16th century.
In Europe, Hungarian paprika has best reputation. The best comes from the Kalocsa region.
It's the essential spice for Hungarian cuisine, giving food color and taste.