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Fun Facts About Chillies

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It’s no secret that we love chillies here at The Chilli Project. It’s very interesting however, just how many different applications chillies have across the globe!  Here are a few of our favourite chilli fun facts!

• Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chillies) are used to repel elephants in India and prevent them from destroying crops and homes! The chillies are spread over a fence, and the smell is enough to stop the elephants in their tracks! Chilli powder is also added to smoke bombs to keep the hungry herds away! We use ghost chillies in our Smokin’ Hot BBQ Sauce. We cannot confirm whether you should carry a bottle in case the need to repel an elephant arises, but why not do so, just in case!

The Chilli Project Chilli Fun Facts

• If you have ever used analgesic creams (eg. Deep Heat) or a pain relief patch (eg. Elastoplast heat patch) and wondered how they manage to give you that wonderful warming sensation? One of the active ingredients is capsaicin! How does it work? Capsaicin helps to relax the muscles by increasing blood flow, (and therefore sends oxygen and nutrients to the affected areas experiencing pain). It also triggers the brain to release endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers. We wouldn’t recommend rubbing our hot sauce on your sore back, but it’s pretty amazing knowing the powerful pain relieving effects of capsaicin on the body!

• Chillies can help you lose weight! There have been many clinical studies in mice and rats which have shown that capsaicin can aid with weight loss. It is a natural metabolism booster and has made its way into weight loss teas and tablets right across the globe. (We still think adding fresh & flavoursome hot sauces to your meals is a much more enjoyable way to consume capsaicin but probably not the most effective for weight loss!)

• Chillies are full of goodness! They contain more vitamin C than oranges and are a good source of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium.

• According to legend, Japanese Samurai ate chillies before going into battle. It was believed to make them feel invincible. This make sense knowing that capsaicin triggers the release of both endorphins and dopamine – the combination of both would definitely reduce fear! Why not boost your endorphins, and stock up on the good stuff here.

• Forget the oysters! If you want a food to get you in the mood, then eat chilli which is a known aphrodisiac! It’s not surprising when you know about all the wonderful chemical releases in the brain and the subsequent physical reactions – increased blood flow, increased heart rate and feelings of euphoria! Actually, don’t forget the oysters, perhaps just add some Signature Blend Hot Sauce to them and try for double the effect? Either way, it’s a delicious combination!

The Chilli Project Signature Blend Hot Sauce

*The heat of each individual chilli on a plant can vary enormously! On the Shishito chilli plant, approximately 1 in 7 pods are hot, and the rest are mild. Similarly, the Padron chilli is known as the “Russian Roulette pepper” due to only 1 in 10 (approximately) having a fiery burst and the rest being deliciously sweet!

*Birds have no capsaicin receptors which makes them immune to the heat of a chilli. If you’ve ever grown chillies, you will know this already – but birds absolutely love the sweet fruit of a chilli plant and will happily munch away on any plant they think tastes good!

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