Everyone who knows me knows of my secret love… Chile's borderline obsession.
Constantly searching for the perfect pepper… one that has heat, flavor, and pungency and after burn. Adrenaline rush! I found a great place at the Union Square Farmers Market [Lower Manhattan, NYC], a booth dedicated to peppers, I spent a good hour talking and looking and buying several peppers.
Here are some interesting facts:
Two of the founding fathers of our country, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, are both known to have grown chiles.
The heat from a chile pepper is concentrated in the interior veins or ribs near the seed heart, not in the seeds as is commonly believed (the seeds taste extra hot because they are in close contact with the hot veins.
Chilies can make foods safer – they are known to reduce harmful bacteria on foods.
More than 140 varieties of chilies peppers are grown in Mexico alone.
Capsaicin found in peppers has been associated with many cures that include lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and warding off strokes and heart attacks, speeding up metabolism, treating colds and fevers, preventing cancer and pain control.
These are a few of many other facts that I will be sharing along with my secret salsa recipes so stay tuned for part two of "My secret Love."
Chef Elly Pendekar, Spicy Cilantro:
Elly is a chef, graduated from The California Culinary Academy of Cordon Bleu and now lives in NYC with her husband, also a chef. She's owner of catering company Elly's Eclectic Eats, frequently hired by the rich and famous to cater their events Author's website