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Spice up Your Life With Red Chili Pepper :: All About Red Chili Pepper

Updated on May 5, 2011

Spice up Your Life With Red Chili Pepper :: All About Red Chili Pepper

You may say, Nah but red chili pepper are a good spice for your food, it comes with powdered form and raw form which when you put into your food as a spice in the right amount makes you want to eat more. I grew up putting red chili pepper in any foods that I eat. It is best in the right amount. Spice up your food and life with red chili pepper.

Red chili pepper are also known as cayene pepper, Guinea spice, bird pepper, red pepper is a hot spice used for dishes as an added spice and gives flavor to food. It is also used for medicinal purposes. If you are familiar with bell peppers or jalapenos, you know this one already. It was brought to different places by world travelers in the 14th to 16th century in search of spices. Red chili pepper or cayene - named after the city CAYENE in french Guiana.

Capsicum where the family plant belongs to is very medicinal but it is mainly used for spices.

Capsaicin is the substance which is derived from red chili pepper and the "highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith around the seeds.

red chili pepper

courtesy of wikipedia
courtesy of wikipedia

Spice up Your Life With Red Chili Pepper :: All About Red Chili Pepper

The fruits of red chili plant would be dried first then they pound, ground or pulped it and they are then baked afterwards. it should be pulverized and sifted to make into a powder known as red chili pepper or cayene pepper.

it comes into three forms :

  • powdered red chili pepper --
  • as a raw spice (fruit)
  • dried flakes

Health Benefits of Red Chili Pepper

  1. Red chili pepper is high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and manganese.
  2. Capsaicin -- the substance present in red chili pepper are said to be good for weight loss -- by giving certain protein in the body. The study appeared in ACS' monthly Journal of Proteome Research and might be the answer to the problem of obesity.
  3. It gives you more appetite to eat (good when you have problems of eating)
  4. Red chili pepper is said to be an aphrodisiac which was not proven yet scientifically, but it is an aphrodisiac according to some people in different culture.

chopped chili pepper ready to be pulverized

courtesy of wikipedia
courtesy of wikipedia

How to use red chili pepper

  • When you use it as a fruit and mixed in the food you are cooking, be sure to put it later when th food is about to be cooked as it can be readily cooked in five minutes with medium cooking.
  • If you buy the powdered form, just add little by little as you may not be able to eat it if you pour amount of red chili powdered pepper that you are not used to. You can add the red chili pepper anytime
  • Red chili pepper is also used for marinating foods. -- poultry or pork and mixed it with vinegar or soy sauce
  • Be sure to know your tolerance level to red chili pepper so that you may put the amount which is just right.
  • Red chili pepper can be used with sauce to make it chili

How to store red chili pepper :

  1. If you prefer it raw, then put it in vegetbale portion of your refrigerator, usually they are sold in plastic containers and it will rot if it is wet
  2. Keep it dry and put in cool place
  3. If it is in powdered form, dont wet it and seal it properly after using it

Where to Buy Red Chili Pepper:

  • You can buy it in any store, fresh supermarket, farmers market,

In the US

  • at Asian store, WalMart or Mexican store

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Safety Precautions About Red Chili Pepper

When you are cooking with red chili pepper be sure not to touch your eyes as it is very irritant and may cause red swelling and is hot. It can cause tearing pain in the eyes and conjunctivitis

It has been said that "Capsaicin is a highly irritant material requiring proper protective goggles, respirators, and proper hazardous material handling procedures. It is hazardous in cases of skin contact (irritant, sensitizer), eye contact (irritant), ingestion, and inhalation (lung irritant, lung sensitizer)".Usually if this happens to you, milk is a good solution to it, drink milk or put ice cold on the part which is irritated, like your eyes for example.

Red chili pepper can "cause burning or stinging pain to the skin, and if ingested in large amounts by adults or small amounts by children -- can produce nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and burning diarrhea".

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Conclusion :

Red chili pepper is good for your health and can spice up your food and life if you will incorporate it with your cooking, Be careful and be mindful of some of the safety precautions regarding red chili peppers. So c'mon guys spics up your life and incorporate red chili pepper into your cooking or add them to your meal.

 

Amount of Red Chili Pepper to add In Your Food

  • It depends on your tolerance level to chili spice like red chili pepper, you can try sprinkling it in a few drops, If you use teaspoon use only little amount --- in chili powder.
  • If you use the fresh chili red pepper, then add it before cooking is done say five minutes as it becomes strong when heated.
  • Taste the food and don't add large amount at the onset, red chili pepper is very potent and you might cough and irritate your throat.

 

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      Mbesha 2 years ago

      Very informative Hub on Spices am a "Biriani "and "pilipili kali" dude though

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Great hub! I have linked it to my hub "How to make chili, spicy or mild. Thanks!

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      double chin 6 years ago

      spiciness of chillies comes from the fact that they are part of the capsicum family of plants, which all have seeds that contain spicy oil that gives the plants their heat.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great article! I love any kind of hot peppers and use them in so many dishes. When I am eating potatoes or rice I always have my chili peppers right on the table to sprinkle on top of them.

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      LakeShow T 6 years ago

      Maita:

      Very informative hub here! I love spicy foods and especially chili peppers, although I always thought they were vegetables. After doing further research, it appears as though you are 100% correct that it is a fruit indeed. Thanks for that neat fact! I also did not realize that chili peppers have so many health benefits. I wonder if they retain their food value and vitamins when they are cooked in their whole form?

      Nicely done!

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      Stainless spice rack 7 years ago

      Very Informative thanks for the spice hub!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I adore spicy red chili peppers thanks for all the information about chili peppers. :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love chili peppers!

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Peppers are wonderful. This is a sumptuous hub, and hot to trot, literally. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Ok, hubby, got it, once I have time, I will visit it and join it as well, Thanks hubby, Take care, Maita

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      hubby7 7 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Maita. My profile on Jango is actual oldieslover, not tntguru. Tntguru is my profile on Helium, which I also joined just yesterday. Sorry for the misinformation. Keep writing and stay in touch!

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      hubby7 7 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Maita. Again, you have a very informative, interesting, and captivating hub. I love spicy food. And I also enjoyed the information you shared about the history of red peppers, its medicinal properties, and its use as an aphrodisiac. One thing more: I want to thank you for stopping by my site. And let me add that I recently joined Jango, a free music site. My profile is tntguru. You might want to check it out! I guess this is an invite. Nice to hear from you again. Keep in touch.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Let's be careful with that heat! Thank you Maita!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow Maita, you are sooo creative! I wish I could learn to write as many informative quality hubs as fast as you do. Great work my friend. :) Thumbs up!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Maita and I thought they were band - what do I know :)

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Hi Maita

      I love peppers of all sizes and colors. Great hub, rated up and categorized as awesome - shame there isn't a hot category!

      Amber:)

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Love this stuff, but have to use it in moderation. Not a big fan of really hot stuff. :) Great hub, and interesting facts here I didn't know about the little treat.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My sweet kaibigan...

      Long time no see. I´ve been so busy, I haven´t even answered all the comments on my own hubs. But here I am, dear friend. Great hub! I love spicy food, but I cannot eat it much because I have sensitive hemorrhoids. It happened after my six years living in Japan. I got fond of Korean Kimchi and Very Hot Curry rice, as a consequence, I developed that sensitivity. Rated up and useful!

      Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

      Salamat,

      Al

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Ohhh that wud so give this bad boy hearburn, good hub though ; )

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I like hot peppers it a lot, great hub Maita, rated up and beautiful :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Miata, This is a good article on red hot chili peppers. I can't eat them because of medicine I take but the rest of my family makes up for me.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I use red chili pepper a lot. Good hub.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      This is a red and hot hub. You sure know how to tickle your readers' taste. Congrats as always!

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      you spice up my life with your red hot hubs - and yes you can be my Cleopatra BUT just stay away from snakes!

      Signed,

      Mark Anthony

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love hot and spicy foods. I put red chili peppers in just about everything.

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      Chin chin 7 years ago from Philippines

      My husband is a great fan of red chili pepper. He can eat it fresh and he puts so much of the powdered form into whatever he is eating. I like my food mildly hot also. Great info on red chili pepper.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Red peppers is a daily part of our diet and no food can be eaten without some chili peppers. And it is taken as hot as is possible to tolerate by all who consume it.

      Glad to know it has medicinal properties.

      Nice HOT article Pretty.

      Cheers.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita Hi Sweetie! How's things going? Maita this all sounds great I only wish my tummy liked it.

      KUYA Dave.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      When I was a kid at the ranch I used to sit in the garden and eat hot chili peppers like candy. I have less tolerance for it now, but I still love moderately spicey foods. Mother used to keep a houseplant pot of a pepper she called chili pettine (I have no idea how it is really spelled since I never see it written!) But it was a tiny round pepper the size of an English pea. It matured from green to red and was a VERY concentrated HOT pepper. I even ate those when I was a kid.

      My ornery older brother loved to sneak the green ones in to someone's peas as a mean joke. He liked to do it to visitors who were not used to hot spicey food at all!! I suspect its hotness is equivalent to the hottest pepper I know of - habanera.

      It's surprising how many asian cuisines are quite spicey - not only with ginger but with hot peppers. The Thai restaurants here use jalapenos, a favorite of Mexican cuisine, in their cuisine. Jalapenos are usually used green, however.

      Peppers of many varieties are available in many grocery stores here in Dallas, as well as in other Texas cities and towns. We are a border state, next to Mexico, of course. I was born in a border town, in fact.

      This article is very well-done, Maita! Thanks once more for bringing us something good to think about! I hadn't been so aware of the health benefits of peppers! I had tacos at a Mexican restaurant yesterday. Maybe it's why I feel so healthy! ;)

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is one HOT hub, Maita!!!

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Maita . Im back from my walkabout. Good to read you . Always a fan .I missed this venue and many of the people on it very much this past month . im checking in with you first . cus you are the sweetest and kindest .

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I love red chili pepper. I have them with every meal--chopped fresh chili pepper with Calamansi (sounds familiar, Maita?). Great information as usual!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Maita, for a very helpful hub. I love cooking curry and biryani. I like curry but not too hot.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Maita. I am constantly getting mail touting the benefits of certain foods and spices. Red chili pepper is almost always mentioned in these mailers as a healthful addition to the food we eat. It can fight fat, promote weight loss, and do everything but set the dinner table.

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      abidareacode 7 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

      Nice article on red chilli pepper.

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      sord87 7 years ago

      nah,your hub is hot just like red chilli pepper!tearing eyes but no pain at all!A good one!