The cultivation of Chillies was in practice since 3500 BC, and the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus introduced this hot green chilli spice to the world from Mexicans. Green chilli pepper has wide varieties in cultivation and millions of tonnes are being produced worldwide.
The chilli pepper is a member of the Solanaceae family species and contains a natural compound known as Capsaicin, which gives burning sensation and pungent hot spicy flavor. Many enthusiast cultivators around the world are working hard on developing hottest chilli pepper ever existed and few of them were also successful.
Today many countries are growing and cultivating wide varieties of chilli pepper throughout the world, but China is best known for its huge production of chillies (with many varieties of chilli pepper) in the world, contributing half of the world total per year. Though chillies are native to South-America, it has become an integral part of the food culture in many countries like India, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Srilanka etc. In brief, green chilli pepper is an important element of cuisine cultures in the world. The green chillies are consumed raw, cooked or semi-cooked as well in the world of savory cuisines.
We all know the pungent taste of Green Chillies but, very few know the healthy benefits of consuming chillies daily in our diet. Besides being spicy hot flavor, chilli pepper also have the qualities of curing aches and pains. Our traditional Ayurveda treatments and Chinese medicines are using few varieties of chilli pepper helpful in treating joint pains and muscle aches. Green chilli peppers consists antibacterial properties that helps preventing infections and are rich source of Iron too.
Green chillies are rich in Vitamin-C, Vitamin-K, rich in fiber and contain absolutely no calories; are widely used to spice up the food dishes. Green chilli peppers also helps in developing immune system, acts as an anti-ulcer aid and maintains body blood sugar levels. It helps dieters to reduce their overweight by increasing the body metabolism and fastens the body fat burning process. Also, there are many authentic & traditional recipes in which green chillies have integral role giving extra boost and spice up the rich flavor of the food.
“It is always advisable to adopt the pinch of green chillies in our food recipes to increase the probabilities of healthy benefits and a flavor of spiciness.”