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It aint 'alf Hot Mum!!!
Member Name: Revier
Advantages: Lovely heat and flavour, may have some health benefits
Disadvantages: Large amounts may contribute to health complications.
Chili's have been consumed by humans for thousands of years, they instantly impart their flavour and heat to any dish they are added to. They're also delicious to eat on their own.
They are bursting with vitamin A which helps keep a healthy immune system. Also the capsaicin which gives them there heat triggers the release of endorphines in the brain which is a hormone related to the feeling of well being, happiness in effect. Chili's also contain anti oxidants which it has been said help prevent certain cancers.
There are literally hundreds of varieties ranging in heat from the mildest chili known as the pimento chili to the new kid on the block and daddy of all chili's the Dorset Naga. (thats right it is grown right here in sunny England).
The dorset Naga is a variety of the legendary habanero. It is also grown in India where it is known as the ghost chili, also going by the more formal sounding name of Bhut Jolokia.
To measure said heat a rating system known as the scoville scale is used, the milder chilis are rated at a few thousand (maybe 1 or 2 thousand) while the newly crowned guiness book of record crowned Dorset naga is over 1 million scovilles.
The hottest chili I've tried formerly held the title as worlds hottest, it was the red savina, another variant of the habanero. That was a mere 500,000 scovilles (although individual chili's will vary slightly in strength).
My favourite chili is the scotch bonnet, a beautifully fruity chili that is used a lot in carribean cooking. Bursting with heat but still manages to impart a great deal of flavour into any dish.
My brother has just finished growing a chili plant in his bedroom, it bore tabasco chili's which measure about 7 thousand scovilles. He managed a bewildering harvest of exactly one chili's, ah well maybe next years yield will be more impressive.
The plants if treated properly are really easy to grow and are a great gift, or just a fantastic way for chili heads to receive a steady supply of fruits through the season.
Chili's are grown all over the world from the kenyan Bird eye chili (a beautifully hot and tasty chili) which is short and thin (between half an inch and three inches). To the rather fatter and longer Thai Hot, grown amongst other places in Thailand.
There are so many varieties varying in heat and flavour theres bound to be a chili for everyone so give them a try and become a fully fledged chili head : )
Summary: Mmmmmm Chili's!!!
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