Growing Chillies: When is it Best to Cultivate Hot Peppers?0
The best season for growing hot peppers is during the summer months from June to September. Hot peppers require dry, warm weather and soil that is adequately rich in potassium and nitrogen. Several varieties like hot jalapenos and sweet bell peppers can be harvested in either fully ripe or green conditions. These varieties are sensitive to frost.
Results to Expect When Growing Pepper Plants
The hotness of chili peppers depends on the capsaicin compounds present, which is based on the variety as well as the growing conditions. The bell peppers are the least hot, followed by varieties like peperoncini, poblano, jalapeno, cayenne, serrano, thai, habanero and scotch bonnet.
Cooking Chili Peppers
Even if you have a knack for growing pepper plants, make sure to wear rubber or plastic gloves and never touch your face when cutting hot peppers. In case you prefer not to wear gloves, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands using water and soap before you touch your eyes or face because hot peppers are very capable of burning skin and eyes.
For cooking purposes, rinse the whole chili pepper. Proceed to cut off the stem and deseed the core; however, if you really enjoy the fire, leave a few or all of the seeds in.
Minerals & Vitamins
It is a fact that chili peppers are richer in vitamin C, when compared to citrus. Red chili peppers are also very high in Iron, Potassium and Vitamin A and E.
Storage of leftover chili peppers needs special attention and care in order to maintain its freshness. Make sure to store your chili peppers for no longer than a week in your vegetable drawer. Additionally, you can even freeze peppers whole in a freezer bag for winter storage.
With practice, you can master the art of growing and cooking hot chili peppers.
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