Chili Flakes (medium)

Use these tasty, medium heat chilli flakes as a flavor highlighter.

In addition to the fives tastes -- sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami -- our tongues can detect capsaicin, the main ingredient found in chili.

The heat of capsaicin in red pepper flakes "points up" the taste of ingredients they season. So, no matter what tastes and flavors you have going on in a dish, a pinch of red pepper flakes will help clarify those flavors without necessarily adding heat.

Dried chillies have a very different flavour to fresh ones, as upon drying a caramelization of the sugars takes place which creates a delicious, robust taste not found in fresh chillies, in the same way a sun-dried tomato has a more complex flavour profile than a fresh one.

Sprinkle these tasty, medium heat chilli flakes on pasta and spaghetti or use them in spicy dishes like chili con carne, chili sauces, relishes and chutneys.

Recipe:  Pork Chops, Celery Seed & Parsnip Puree

Health Benefits: All Chili peppers contain capsaicin. The amount of capsaicin is relative to the heat of the Chili pepper. The more pronounced the heat, the more capsaicin. Capsaicin is considered highly anti-inflammatory and may benefit those suffering from inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis osteoarthritis, psoriasis, shingles and diabetic neuropathy. Capsaicin is also commonly considered a beneficial adjunct to a healthy lifestyle in cardiovascular function, increasing circulation, as well as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster. Peppers also contain free-radical fighting properties, which may help to maintain a youthful complexion, and prevent cellular damage that can lead to disease. Chilies are also an excellent source of antioxidants Vitamins: A and C, as well as Vitamin K.

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Botanical NameCapsicum annum; Capsicum frutescens; Capsicum baccatum; Capsicum chinense; Capsicum pubescens