September 04, 2020
The Chilli, otherwise spelt 'chili', is the fruit of a plant from the genus Capsicum which are members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
Chilli peppers originated in Mexico and after the Columbian Exchange, the chilli pepper plant spread across the world. They are usually grown n North America and Europe and are believed to come from the Capsicum annuum. These plants all have white, yellow, red, or purple to black fruits and look beautifully exquisite.
Chilli powder is created by drying and crushing the fruits of the chilli plant. The drying stage intensifies the flavour and strength of the chilli to give it a real kick! This also gives Chilli Powder a longer shelf life, so you can keep the powder in your spice rack for much longer than a whole chilli.
Green chillies are used to manage blood sugar levels by controlling the insulin level in your blood. Another great use for this type of chilli is that it promotes digestion, as it is loaded with fibre; they’re also brilliant for the skin, due to having a rich source of vitamin C and E. Lastly, green chillies keep the heart healthy, as they contain beta-carotene.
Chilli powder is often used in Latin American delicacies, such as tacos and enchiladas to give them some spicy flare. Chilli powder is a great way to add some flavour to otherwise bland foods such as vegetables, broths, and meats. You can also use the chilli spice as flakes, which are perfect on a pizza or even to spice up a yummy desert!
Joy Everley Jewellery Inspiration
We have a number of spicy chillies available in silver, vermeil and 9ct gold. Thanks to a naturally unusual shape, chillies make for great drop earrings or a funky pendant (have you seen our 'bunch of chillies' necklace?). Add some spice to your evening with a chilli design for yourself or loved one - or maybe you want to gift your fiery-friend with some jewellery that reflects their personality? We've got you covered with our wonderfully unique spice collection right here.
Written by Cate Riley.
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