The heat in chili peppers can be quite addictive, and that’s a good thing. It’s been shown in a recent study that eating capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that makes them hot,hot, hot, can actually help you to live longer. Who knew that something so violently enjoyable to the palate could do you that much good? More than blasting away the chemo blahs during chemo, it keeps you healthier. Gotta love that! Check out our article on the health benefits of peppers.
Here’s info on when and how to buy them, how to store them, along with some of our best and spiciest recipes that use them. Enjoy!
- In season: Fresh hot peppers peak in the early summer, but can be found year-round fresh or dried. You can dry out fresh peppers at home by bunching and hanging them in a dry airy spot.
- How to buy: For fresh peppers look for smooth, taut skin free of blemishes or cracks. Dried should have good deep color. Pale looking chilis are old chilis!
- Storage: Store fresh peppers in the crisper drawer of your fridge for up to five days. Dried peppers should be kept in an airtight container in a cool dark place in your pantry.