Heat up your meals and improve your health by adding a few hot peppers to your garden and meal plan.
Recent medical research found that Capsaicin in hot peppers has real health benefits. Though the hot peppers and spicy food can add to the pain and irritation of ulcers they do not cause them. In fact, these hot and spicy vegetables have been found to provide gastric relief, kill cancer cells, prevent sinus infection, reduce inflammation, and even burn fat.
Their small colorful fruit makes hot peppers easy to combine with flowers and herbs in a garden or a container. All you need is a 2 to 3 gallon pot or larger with drainage holes for growing peppers. Just be sure to label the plants so you won’t be surprised by the heat when preparing, serving, and eating.
Grow peppers in full sun and consistently moist well-drained soil for best results. Harvest peppers when they are full sized and fully colored.
A bit more information: Peppers “heat” is rated on the Scoville scale. This is based on the quantity of water needed to dilute the capsaicin oil in the pepper to a point where it can’t be detected. In 2000 Naga Jolokia, also known as Ghost, was listed as the hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records with a Scoville rating of 1,000,000