Jalapeno Red Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Jalapeno Red pepper has a medium strength in spicy flavour with a slightly sweet note to it. Its aroma is that of a fresh chilli but not so strong.
This chilli pepper is probably the most popular one with its sweeter flavour and tolerant spicy heat. It is used in many forms of cooking and is used commonly around the world.
Often the question gets asked, is the green jalapeño the same as the red jalapeño? The answer to this is basically, yes. They are from the same plant and the only difference is the red chilli is more mature. It may also be slightly more spicy and higher in vitamins A and C, and have a higher level of anti oxidants. So is a healthy option.
Weight loss- This can be achieved by regularly consuming these chillies because of its capsaicin properties, which is thermogenic. This increases your metabolism and with regular exercise can lead to weight loss.
Pain relief- This is good for arthritis pain as capsaicin has great pain relieving properties when put directly on to the skin in the form of creams and ointments.
Lowers cholesterol- This chilli lowers cholesterol which in turn prevents heart disease. It helps blood flow by dilating blood vessels and can help reverse blood clotting with regular consumption.
Vitamins- A, C, E, K, Folates, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamin.
Minerals- Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc.
Jalepeno peppers are used in many cuisines all over the world. Some examples of very popular ways the peppers are used are; pizza toppings, hot sauces, salsa’s, jellies, pickles, stuffings and it is even used in sandwiches. This pepper is also a great complement to some cocktails, giving a fiery flavour to some of your favourite tipples.
Jalapeño are delicious when used in your cooking and really perk up the dish it is added to. I enjoy a fresh salsa with jalapeño peppers. It makes a tasty, spicy accompaniment to some favourite dishes. Or just use it with nacho chips as a simple, delicious, dipping salsa.
This salsa recipe below is simple yet delicious. I love to mix it with classic dishes using guacamole and soured cream on a plate of warmed nacho chips covered in molten cheddar cheese, with the sauce just spooned on top.
8 medium tomatoes peeled and then diced
3 red jalapeño peppers seeded and chopped fine
2 large garlic cloves crushed
1 medium red onion diced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a large lime
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro chopped rough
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
First you need to peel your tomatoes. This is done by using a sharp knife to
make 2 slits over the tomato, making a cross. Now get a bowl with boiling water in it. Add the tomatoes and leave for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the water and you will find them very easy to peel and dice.
Add the peeled tomatoes to a large mixing bowl with the jalapeño peppers and all the other ingredients. Mix together. Season to taste.For best results it is better to put into the refrigerator and leave to chill before serving.