Pepper. Jalepeno. Pimento.

Who is a pepper mouth like me?

By Candida Khan. I absolutely love pepper. Once it’s hot, makes your nose run and eyes water, you know that is good. As a true pepper mouth and connoisseur of everything spicy, I did my research. Did you know that it can actually help with weight loss? Ever sweat when you have some hot pepper?

I have not tried the local scorpion pepper yet, but I heard that it’s extremely hot. It was the hottest pepper at one point, but there is one that is said to be hotter which is called the “Carolina Reaper”. It was recorded as the hottest pepper by the Guinness World Records in 2012.

Capsaicin for the pepper mouth

There is also another beneficial property in pepper called Capsaicin. Current research has found pepper to be beneficial in reducing the risk for ulcers and promoting anti-inflammatory properties.

Regular consumption can reduce pain in the body. Moderation is always key, but you should consult any health care professional before consuming large amounts of pepper to help with pain or ulcers.

Capsaicin can be found in lots of peppers including hot pepper and jalapenos.

Some persons can even consume them raw. I enjoy raw jalapenos as I find them delicious! Pepper can be beneficial not only to the stomach, but to the entire digestive system. Excessive alcohol drinking and smoking has been found to lead to ulcer formation and complications such as bleeding.

Pepper choka recipe

1 eggplant (melongene)
4 tomatoes
4 ochros
1 onion (peeled)
1 head of Garlic (peeled)
1 lime
4 Scotch Bonnet peppers
5 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste
Roast the tomatoes, ochros, garlic, onion and peppers and eggplant on gas stove top or grill. Roast until the outside starts to char but not burn.
Peel or scrap off the charred outsides and combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Mash them together, at this point you could add the lime juice. Add salt to taste.
Serve with bread or roast bake.

February 2015 – Issue 14

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