The habanero pepper originally came from the Amazon, then it migrated to Mexico. Now it is found in the United States. In fact, it grows well here in our area of Texas because it likes the hot, dry weather.
The habanero comes in a variety of colors. Green habaneros are the mildest because they haven't ripened yet. The most common colors are orange and red. Although, occasionally they are found in other colors; brown, white, and pink.
- Significantly slows the growth and reproduction of human prostrate cancer cells.
- Inhibits the amount of cholesterol absorbed in the intestines.
- Raises metabolism which burns fat cells increasing the body's ability to lose weight.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Clears mucous from nasal and bronchial passages.
- Helps diabetes by encouraging production of new cells that produce insulin.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Has an anti-ulcerative effect on stomachs infected with H-pylori.
- High in magnesium, potassium, and iron.
- A good source of Vitamins A, B, and C.
- Wear rubber or plastic gloves when handling these peppers to prevent burning or irritation of the skin.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching face, eyes, or other parts of the body.
- The heat of the pepper can stay in the mouth or on the tongue for up to 20 minutes or so. Bread or tortillas are best eaten for reducing the heat in the mouth. DO NOT DRINK WATER. Water will only spread the heat.
- The heat of the pepper can cause stomach and intestinal discomfort.
- Milk can be used to dilute the capsaicin oils from the skin. Soak the affected area for at least 20-30 minutes.