Chili Facts

Chili The Correct Spelling.

Over 7.5 million people search for the spelling Chili on the internet each month. Compare this with 2.2 million for chilli, 1 million for Chily and only 25, 000 for chille.

So which one is correct? It is by all accounts a common question and has indeed fueled many arguments over the subject.

There are many accepted versions. Chile with an “e” at the end is the correct spelling in Spanish. Chili with an “i” at the end is the Americanized version. The “i” version began  with the name of the dish “Carne con Chili,” meaning “Meat with Chile.” It evolved into “Chili con Carne” and then shortened to just “Chili.” The term ending with an “i” is widely accepted and is often used as the name for “Chili Powder.” The term “Chile” with an “e”   is the more correct way to spell it, although many forms are accepted.

Chili For Your Heart Pain?
When you bite into a hot pepper, nerve receptors in your mouth let you know about it. It turns out that similar nerve receptors are present in the heart and may be responsible for the chest pain associated with a heart attack. A study by researchers at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey demonstrated that a substance very like capsaicin, the substance that makes chili peppers hot, stimulates receptors on the surface of the heart, telling you that you are having a heart attack. “These findings might be very important in developing drugs for patients with chronic heart pain that is not relieved by traditional treatments,” says Hui-Lin Pan, Ph.D., the study’s lead author. “By blocking these nerve receptors, we may be able to relieve chest pain.”

The Workings of the Chili
Chili Anatomy

The Myth of the Seeds
Most people presume (incorrectly) that the seeds of the chili are the hottest part. Not so, the hottest part of a chili where the stem (Penducle) connects to the Shoulder.
The second hottest part of the chili is actually the white pith (or inner membrane) inside the flesh which is 100 times hotter than the flesh. We assume it is the seeds because they are attached to the inner membrane. The actual seeds themselves are moderately mild.

Full of Vitamins

Both red and green peppers have extremely high levels of Vitamin A & C. In fact, a sweet red pepper has more vitamin C than an orange.

The Oldest Spice in History

The chili is recognised as being the oldest spice in history with specimens dating back to 7000 BC being found in archaeological digs in New Mexico.

Chili Can Burn Skin
Chilies produce an oil which can burn in contact with skin. Hot ‘pod’ type chilies (such as the Habanero and Scotch Bonnet) can actually cause blistering. The best remedy for this is to wipe clean with white vinegar.

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