In the middle of summer in Central Texas, just about the only thing that's growing happily, and abundantly in our gardens are hot peppers. They are, like the natives here, full of vim and vigor.
They can help you stay full of vim and vigor, too!
Health Benefits of Peppers
All peppers are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, but the spiciest, especially red peppers, are simply bursting with them. Antioxidant vitamins A and C help to prevent cell damage, cancer, and diseases related to aging, and they support immune function. They also reduce inflammation like that found in arthritis and asthma. Vitamin K promotes proper blood clotting, strengthens bones, and helps protect cells from oxidative damage.
Red peppers are a good source of the carotenoid called lycopene, which is earning a reputation for helping to prevent prostate cancer as well as cancer of the bladder, cervix, and pancreas. Beta-cryptoxanthin, another carotenoid in red peppers, is holding promise for helping to prevent lung cancer related to smoking and secondhand smoke.
Besides being rich in phytochemicals, peppers provide a decent amount of fiber.
Hot peppers' fire comes from capsaicin, which acts on pain receptors, not taste buds, in our mouths. Capsaicin predominates in the white membranes of peppers, imparting its "heat" to seeds as well. The capsaicin in hot peppers has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol and triglycerides, boost immunity, and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers. It used to be thought that hot peppers aggravated ulcers. Instead, they may help kill bacteria in the stomach that can lead to ulcers.
|These quick and easy Pickled Hot Pepper Rings are one of the top recipes on Notes From Maggie's Farm.|
Both hot and sweet peppers contain substances that have been shown to increase the body's heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20 minutes after eating. This is great news; it means your body is burning extra calories, which helps weight loss. (source: How Stuff Works)
The World's Hottest Pepper Brings Pleasure and Pain Relief-- ABC News
Peppers and Your Health-- Web MD
Dr. Perricone's #7 Superfood: Hot Peppers-- Oprah.com
The Nutrition of Hot Peppers-- FitDay
|Try your hand at roasting Hatch Chiles, or any chiles for that matter. Consider using gloves if your skin is sensitive to capsaicin.|
Jalapeno-Cornbread Poppers--Slow Down and Savor and Touchdown Jalapenos-- Gouramanda
Local Savour Texas Meatloaf Sandwich
Smoky Southwestern Steak & Sweet Potato Chili--A Time to Kale
Spicy Pork and Pear Stew-- Full and Content
Chile Lime Chicken in Coconut Sauce-- The Voluptuous Table
Hatch Chile Meatballs-- Three Diets One Dinner
Vegetable Mains or Sides
Roasted Acorn Squash with Hatch Green Chile Glaze-- Full and Content
Summer Squash and Pepper Fritters-- Full and Content
Jalapeno Vinegar Slaw-- Full and Content
Sauces, Salsas, and Dressings
"For the Birds" Salsa-- And Then Make Soup
Zesty Citrus Marinade-- Prep Dish
Jalapeno Cilantro Cream Sauce-- What Jew Wanna Eat?
Green Chile Honey Mustard Dressing-- Full and Content
Aji (Hot Pepper Sauce)-- Coseppi Kitchen
Sweet and Spicy!
Hatch Chile Brownies with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream-- Foodie is the New Forty
Melissa from Red, White and Blueberries prepares Caliente Mexican Martini, from Metropochris, Salsa Crema from Kristin Schell, and Jalapeno Cheese Beer Bread from Curious Cuisiniere.
Stop by later in the week for our take on one of the hottest, and hottest peppers around right now, Blistered Shishito Peppers with Red Onion, Santa Rosa Tomatoes, and Herbed Chevre. It's an appetizer, or full meal, of the moment, and done in scant minutes! You're going to love this one, friends.
Stay hot, and stay cool, y'all!