#SpiceSpotlight: Crazy for Chili Peppers

This month we’re getting SPICY! Our featured spice is chili pepper. The chili pepper can be traced back to Northeastern Mexico over 6,000 years ago. It can now be found in food and some traditional medicine across the globe. Chili pepper can be added to savory meals from any cuisine for added spice and into chocolate to bring some heat to something sweet.

The chili pepper is consumer by over half of the earth’s population every day, making it one of the most popular spices. Have you wondered why eating a chili pepper makes your mouth burn? This is caused by the active ingredient called capsaicin which stimulates the pain receptors in your tongue.

Capsaicin can also be used to create a paste that is said to relieve sprains, arthritis and backaches. It is even said that consistent consumption of chili peppers may aid in boosting metabolism and helping to reduce high blood pressure.

If you’re looking to spice up any traditional meal, chili pepper is bound to do the trick! Be careful to not use too much if spicy isn’t your thing, but if it is – go for it! Chili pepper is bound to take your next meal from bland to taste bud explosion.

Chili pepper can be found in our AdapTable Meals Smokey Mesquite Pork Ribeye Chops. If you’re looking for more meal ideas and ingredient information, visit our website to get inspired for your next meal to feed the whole family.

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