8 Great Chilli Facts - Food Facts about Chilli Peppers You Did not Know

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Dec. 16, 2014

Watch our Chili Pepper Video for all the Amazing, Interesting, Fun Facts about Chili Peppers You Didn't know!1. According to the Guinness book of records, the Bhut Jolokia of Assam is the world's hottest chilli pepper, with an official Scoville rating of 1,001,304 , nearly doubling the heat of the previous record holder, the Red Savina with a rating of just 577,000. 2. Wilbur Scoville developed a method for measuring the strength of capsaicin in chillies in 1912, which is the active irritant in chillies that causes that burning sensation. His method is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test. This meant tasting a diluted version of a pepper and giving it a value. Mild bell peppers rate at zero and the jalapeño is mid range at 3,500ScU So the Bhut Jolokia is over 200 times as spicy as a jalapeno.3. Seeds are actually not the hottest part of a chilli. It's actually the white pith that surrounds them, which runs in thick veins through the pod.4. Chillis are the world's oldest condiment! That's right there is evidence that chillies were being eaten in central and south America as long ago as 7,000 BC, The tiny, round Chiltepin pepper still grows wild around the region and were used as one of the earliest tax payments, paid to Aztec Emporers.5. The longest chilli-pepper string measured 1,395 m (4,576 ft 9 in) and was made by citizens of Suncheon City, South Korea.6. Chillis can help fight off winter colds and eating them certainly releases endorphins that helps lift the spirits. In addition, Chillies are packed with vitamins, containing more Vitamin C than oranges, more Vitamin A than carrots and such high levels of Vitamin D that some athletes eat them prior to exercising to reduce the risk of injury. 7. The active ingredient capsacin has been also been known to reduce the amount of insulin the body needs to lower blood sugar levels after a meal by up to about 60 which could be of benefit to diabetics and the overweight.8. Capsacin has been shown to fight cancer! Recent tests on rats with prostate cancer showed that large doses of capsacin caused the death of 80 of cancer cells.