It all started in 2015, when my brother came round with 3 small chili plants, he was always into gardening, so I thought I’d give it a go, with south facing windows, I left them indoors and potted them on and fed when needed, months later these plants reached over 5 feet tall and and produced lots of jalapeño peppers.
Apart from the fact that chillies are healthy to eat and good for the immune system, the gardening side of it, is extremely therapeutic, especially for our mental health, and has been particularly good for me, coming to terms with having early Prostate cancer and keeping me active, mentally and physically. A big thanks to my late brother, for starting the passion all those years ago.
3 years ago I decided to buy a small greenhouse, and the results were amazing, compared to growing indoors, I now grow some of the hottest chillies in the world, and make them into sauces and jams, and also eat chillis most days with meals. It’s a great feeling to eat what you have grown from seed, I give chillies to friends and family and have an endless supply of chillies and seeds.
7 years in of being a keen chili grower and I’m already planning next years chili crop.
Some Chili Facts
Chili peppers aren’t just loaded with spice; serving for serving, chillies are loaded with even more vitamin C than oranges.
Due to their high content of vitamins, specifically vitamins A and C, iron and dietary fiber, chili peppers and chili powder have long been valued as a powerful immunity booster.
Studies show that the capsaicin in hot peppers can reduce inflammation and decrease the chances of heart disease.
If you’re one of the many people in the world with obesity, you may also be interested to know that chili peppers are thought to stimulate weight loss. Studies show that the capsaicin in chili peppers can reduce appetite. Other studies show that chili peppers can increase metabolism and help you burn off the calories you do eat.
Whether you like a subtle heat or a fiery blast of spice, chillies don’t only offer culinary value, they also offer a number of health benefits. Some of these include:
1. Immune system support
2. Metabolism support
3. Cardiovascular support
4. Anti-inflammatory properties
5. High amounts of vitamins and minerals
6. Anti-cancer properties
7. Diabetes management