January 4 – If you’re feeling winter’s bite, maybe it’s time for some slow-cooked chili. Spice up your chili with organic chili peppers from Wild Oats Market – we have organic poblano, jalapeno, hot cherry, serrano, and red bell peppers, all for $6.99/lb while our supplies last.
Hot peppers, also called chile peppers, contain varying degrees of capsaicin, the chemical compound that puts the heat in the hot pepper. (Bell peppers have a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin, so they’re never spicy.) The smaller the pepper, the greater the heat. Here’s a quick guide to some popular peppers:
- Poblano – Mild; when dried, they’re known as Ancho chile peppers.
- Anaheim – Mild; named after Anaheim, California where it was first planted.
- Serrano – Pretty hot. Once mature, they may be green, brown, orange, yellow or red.
- Jalapeños – Mild to medium/hot, they’re popular in the US Southwest.
- Hot Cherry – Moderately hot, named for its cherry-like shape. Harvested as either a green or more mature red-colored pepper.
- Thai – Super hot! Called Bird’s Eye Peppers, these are popular in Southeast Asian cooking.
- Habanero – From the Amazon; hot, hot, hot!
- Scotch Bonnet – Akin to Habanero, so proceed with caution! Popular in African, Haitian, and Jamaican cuisine.
Organic avocados are also currently on sale in our Product Dept. For a spicier guacamole, try adding chili peppers:
- 4 avocados, mashed
- 1 lime, juice of
- 3 garlic cloves, freshly pressed
- 5 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced