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Spicy Flavours to Tingle Your Palate
From clockwise, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, Ghost Pepper, Carolina Reaper and Jalapeño Pepper
Spice up your life with these fiery delights! Just a tiny bit is enough to whet your appetite.
Go all out with the Carolina Reaper or Ghost Pepper if you’re a pepperhead fanatic. If you prefer a mild heat, the Jalapeño peppers are a safe bet. Whereas the Scotch Bonnet Pepper holds a delicate balance between intense heat and fruity flavours. Time to fire up your tastebuds, but remember to savour them with consciously!
Enjoy the finest taste the world has to offer.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper
Shaped like a Scotsman’s bonnet, the squashed-looking Scotch bonnet pepper has a smooth, waxy texture and comes in the colours of red, orange and yellow. This chilli has a nice, sweet taste to it, akin to a tomato with hints of apples and cherries. Its distinct sweet-heat flavour makes it a popular favourite in Caribbean cooking and hot sauces. It can also be paired with tropical fruits due to its delicious fruity taste.
Ghost Pepper (Naga Jolokia)
This is some hot stuff right here. The Ghost Pepper (also known as Naga Jolokia) was once considered the hottest chili pepper in the world, before getting dethroned by the Carolina Reaper years later. Its burn is so potent that it was once use as to make a non-lethal hand grenades.
An intense and sweet chilli, the Ghost Pepper supposedly got its moniker “ghost” from the way its heat creeps up unexpectedly – kicking in only after 30 to 45 seconds after the first bite. It is also high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a great ingredient in low-calorie diets.
Rated the as one of the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper is a small, wrinkled Crayola-red pepper with a burn so strong and intense, its taste has been likened to “molten lava”. Though it may be mind-numbingly spicy, it also has a wonderful fruity taste right before the heat sets in. Just one sliver is enough to inject flavour to an entire pot of curry. Pickling these peppers is another wonderful way to harness spice that you can add to dishes.
These little Jalapeño peppers are known for its dark green skin when young, and bright red colour when matured. It can be consumed while still green. When fully ripened, red jalapeños can be rather spicy, but they also tend to be sweeter.
Though small in size, jalapeños pack a nutritional punch with an array of vitamins and minerals in each portion. When picking the peppers, look out for glossy and firm ones with no bruising and soft patches. As jalapeños aren’t incredibly spicy, it’s possible to enjoy them as a dish on its own, such as the ever-popular jalapeños poppers.
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