Cayenne Pepper heatwave x 2 (9cm)
Many people consider cayenne peppers to be the king of medicinal herbs.
In fact, these peppers have been used for thousands of years to help treat many health problems.
Not only do they have medicinal properties, but cayenne peppers are also great for cooking and contain several beneficial nutrients.
Cayenne peppers are a type of chili pepper. They belong to the nightshade family of flowering plants and are closely related to bell peppers and jalapeños.
They were originally grown in Central and South America, but brought to Europe in the 15th century by Christopher Columbus.
Cayenne peppers are a popular spice used in many different regional styles of cooking, and they have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
These peppers boast an impressive nutrition profile, which includes a variety of antioxidants that are beneficial for your health.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne peppers, is what gives them their medicinal properties.
It also gives them their hot taste. In fact, how hot a cayenne pepper is depends on its capsaicin content. The more capsaicin it contains, the hotter it is.
Here are 8 science-backed benefits of cayenne pepper.
- Improves metabolism.
- Promotes satiety (full up feeling).
- May lower blood pressure.
- May aid digestive health.
- May help relieve pain.
- May improve skin conditions.
- May reduce cancer risks.
- Easy to add as a dry spice or as a fresh ingredient.
Sow on the surface of the compost and cover with a layer of fine vermiculite.
Keep at 25 centigrade, transplant when large enough.
Harden off for 10-15 days before moving on into 2 litre pots, needs sun so on a sunny windowsill, in a greenhouse or in a sunny sheltered spot.
Feed plats with a potash rich feed weekly once first fruits have set.