Chilli is a fruit of the trees of the genus Capsicum of the Solanaceae family. Chili is considered as a spice or a vegetable which is popular in the world. Chili originated from the America. Today it is grown all over the world and is used as a spice, vegetable, and medicine.
Nutrients in chilli
5 g of chilli contain 4 mg of vitamin C, 1.6 mg of vitamin E, 0.5 mg of niacin, 0.1 mg of vitamin B6, 7.8 mg of calcium, 8 mg of magnesium, 106 mg of potassium, 0, 1 mg of zinc, 0.1 mg of manganese, 0.4 mg of iron, 1.6 mg of sodium.
Medicinal properties of chilli
The benefit of spicy food is to help improve function of the heart. The spicy taste due to capsaicin can lower bad cholesterol levels. In a study published by the American Chemical Society, scientists have found that capsaicin reduces LDL by increasing the flow of blood, blocking a gene that narrows blood vessel walls. Research by scientists shows that capsaicin can slow the growth of prostatic and pancreatic cancer cells. Capsaicin can also relieve pain. In addition, it helps increase the amount of nitric oxide in the blood, fight inflammation and lower blood pressure.
Chili powder is the pulverized fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper. It is used as a spice to add pungency and flavor to culinary dishes.
Chili powder is used in many different cuisines, including American (particularly Tex-Mex), Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Portuguese, and Thai.
Chili powder is sometimes known by the specific type of chili pepper used. Varieties of chili peppers used to make chili powder include Aleppo, ancho, cayenne, chipotle, chile de árbol, jalapeño, New Mexico, pasilla, and piri piri chili peppers. Gochugaru is a variety used in Korean cuisine traditionally made from sun-dried Korean red chili peppers known as taeyang-cho. Kashmiri chili powder is bright red, but mild in heat and used in Indian cuisine, named after the region of Kashmir.
Chilli powder can be well preserved for more than a year if properly stored. Store in a tightly closed jar and keep away from light. If the amount of chilli powder is large, it can be refrigerated.