Why you should include chillies in your diet (if you can handle the heat!)

Did you know that there are over 200 varieties of chilies? Or that they’re actually considered a fruit?

This member of the capsicum/pepper family has a strong heritage and reputation for either being loved or feared. Either way, there’s a good reason why chilies are such a popular, versatile feature in kitchens and recipes around the world.

It’s important to remember that not all chilies are hot and that they ripen with a variety of textures, colours, and flavours. Educating yourself on the kinds of chillies available can help introduce a whole new range of flavours to your cooking, even if you’ve been apprehensive to experiment previously.

Hotter chilies are naturally higher in capsaicin, a compound found mainly in the seeds. Incorporating chili condiments or fresh chilies with fewer seeds can often help manage the level of heat added to your favourite dishes.

Chillies are also an easy way to add important nutrients to your meals. They’re famously known for their immunity-boosting high levels of vitamin C, antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vitamin A.

Have you ever accidentally rubbed your eyes while cutting chilies? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!

Having a jar of prepared chillies conveniently on hand makes life in the kitchen so much easier. Chuck Chilli is a great option for all chilli lovers, whether you like it mild or hot – they’re known for being the tastiest homemade chillies in Mzansi, made from fresh chillies with a secret recipe.

Use this to elevate the simplest of dishes, whether it’s spicy guacamole and salsa served with some nachos or a hearty pasta sauce with a kick, or simply mix it up with plain mayo for an impressive potato wedge dipping sauce.

Grab yourself a jar of Chuck Chilli at a Food Lover’s Market store (mild, original or hot).

Learn more about Chuck Chilli’s journey here.