Thai chilli peppers are one of the hottest peppers available. These peppers and can sometimes be rated at 100,000 Scoville heat units. They are commonly used in the cuisines of Thailand, south India, Vietnam and elsewhere in southeast Asia. Some say that these tiny peppers were first introduced by Spanish conquistadors several centuries back.
The chilies themselves are relatively small, and grow plentifully on the small plant. They typically take around 130 days to reach maturity. Their deep red color makes this plant a beautiful edible ornamental.
Its peppers will turn green when starting to approach their maturity. They can be harvested at this point, or allowed to ripen on the plant. If collected early, plants will continue to flower and fruit more frequently, though this early collection might result in differences in flavor if using fresh.
It is best to use a scissor or snip to cut branches and harvest peppers. Do not remove by hand as plants can be easily damaged.
How to dry Chili Peppers
You can extend the life of your chili peppers by drying them and storing them in an airtight container. You can use a home food dehydrator to safely remove the moisture of of your peppers. Otherwise, simply place your fresh peppers onto a cookie sheet and “bake” at the lowest setting (approx 150 degrees) for several hours to gradually dry out the peppers. Turn the peppers frequently to insure that they do not cook.
If you chose to dry your peppers naturally. Place the peppers in direct sunlight or in a well-lit window. (This may take several days even with hot dry conditions.) But don’t forget to rotate them to insure even drying.
Once you have achieved drying either with a dehydrator, oven or natural sunlight you can store them in airtight containers for future use.
Cut your favorite variety of pepper in half. All of the seeds inside are most likely viable and you can use them to grow the same variety of pepper in containers or in a sunny garden spot. Collect the seeds and lay them flat on a paper towel for 24 hours.
Label the plastic bag with the permanent marker with the name or variety of the pepper seeds. Place the seeds inside for planting.
Here are some recipe links for Thai Chili Peppers:
Health Benefits of Thai Chilli Pepper
Fight Inflammation – Natural Pain Relief – Cardiovascular Benefits – Clear Congestion- Boost Immunity – Help Stop the Spread of Prostate Cancer – Prevent Stomach Ulcers – Lose Weight – Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which gives peppers their character. Capsaicin is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes. The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=29
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