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The Power of Peppers

January 6th, 2011

 

The next time you plant peppers seeds in your garden ponder this as your peppers grow and thrive: in addition to adding vibrant colors and a wide range of flavors to you plate and palate, peppers—both mild and hot—offer an abundance of health benefits, including:

1. Vitamins A, C and K – Bell peppers are chockfull of these vitamins. Vitamins A and C, by way of carotenoids, help support immune function, as well as help to prevent cell damage and diseases related to aging. Vitamin K helps protect cells from oxidative damage, and it helps to strengthen bones.

2. Red bell peppers contain lycopene, a carotenoid which helps to prevent some forms of cancer, such as cancers of the cervix and prostate cancer.

3. Capsaicin, mostly found in the white membranes of hot peppers, is the star when it comes to the benefits of peppers. Capsaicin, considered a superfood, has been shown to: relieve cluster, migraine and sinus headaches; aid in arthritis relief; and act as an anti-inflammatory. It is also acknowledged for improving mood and raising endorphin levels.

These are just a few of the wonderful health benefits of peppers. Vegetables, as humble as they may seem, are natural wonders that everyone should eat more of for increased nutrition.

Here’s a tasty stuffed jalapeno recipe, perfect to serve as an appetizer.

Stuffed Jalapenos, Southwest-Style

8 large jalapenos, halved, lengthwise, seeds removed
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 package cream cheese, softened
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Hickory smoked bacon slices

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder and salt. Stuff peppers generously with cheese mixture. Wrap bacon slices around peppers then secure with toothpicks. Bake until bacon is crisped.

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Brighten Up Your Garden and Turn Up the Heat in the Kitchen with Sassy Peppers

September 8th, 2010

 

From mild to richly flavored to fiery hot, peppers offer unique flavors and varying degrees of heat. If you’re a pepper aficionado, you know what these sassy garden plants are capable of doing when it comes to flavor and versatility.

In the garden, peppers add eye-popping appeal. With their deep, rich colors and distinctive shapes, peppers are like Christmas ornaments in the garden. If you cannot imagine that thought without presents then think of ripe and ready peppers as presents to use in the kitchen. In many dishes from around the world, the distinct taste and texture of a pepper makes the dish, such as Mexico’s Chile Rellenos. Another popular pepper dish that is easy to make is Stuffed Jalapenos, Southwest-Style. They’re great for casual get-togethers and fun to make and eat.

If you’ve never handled peppers in the kitchen before there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Peppers contain a natural oil called capsaicin, which is what provides the heat in peppers. If you’re not careful and you accidentally rub your skin after handling peppers the capsaicin on your fingers can burn your skin. Many people people wear gloves when working with dried or fresh chiles, just to be safe. If you want to temper a pepper’s heat as much as possible, remove the membranes and seeds from peppers before using them in your food dishes. Also, if you’ve eaten a dish that contains peppers and your taste buds are on fire, drink milk, as it tames the heat.

If you’re ready to give peppers a whirl—trust us, you will not regret it—then check out our Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles Seed Lists and Details. We have ten different varieties of non-GMO and non-hybrid seeds, including certified organic and heirloom seeds, packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags. Our Mylar® packaging makes planting now or later a great convenience.

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Stuffed Jalapenos, Southwest-Style

March 22nd, 2010

8 large jalapenos, halved, lengthwise, seeds removed
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 package cream cheese, softened
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Hickory smoked bacon slices

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder and salt. Stuff peppers generously with cheese mixture. Wrap bacon slices around peppers then secure with toothpicks. Bake until bacon is crisped.

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