The Ancho pepper is actually a Poblano pepper that has been dried. The Poblano pepper is a mild pepper but is very seldom consumed in raw form. With roasting, the bright red Poblano pepper becomes the Ancho pepper with an extremely wrinkled skin. The roasted pod becomes dark brown in color with a smoked pepper flavor.
The Ancho pepper was introduced by Christopher Columbus. He first brought the peppers to parts of Europe and soon their use and cultivation had spread around the world. Various chili peppers were used in this era due to the high price of importing black pepper from Asia. The chili peppers were used for flavoring food and for medical purposes.
Possible Health Benefits
Health benefits of chili peppers come from the chemical compound, Capsaicin. Capsaicin is found in the ribs, flesh, and seeds of the pepper. The lower rating on the Scoville heat scale that a pepper has, the less amount of Capsaicin it contains. There are many studies that have been performed on chili peppers. There are current studies being performed to determine the chili peppers exact impact on health. Some of the possible ways that the peppers have been used historically are as follows:
- Lower triglycerides and cholesterol.
- Relief of rheumatism and arthritis.
- Relief of stomach upset, gas, and cramps.
- Perspiration accelerant.
- Good source of Vitamin B and C.
- Boosts metabolism.
- Increase circulation.
- Relieve inflammation.
- Lessen congestion, nasal and chest.
- Weight loss promotion.
- Relieve headaches.
- Relief for tooth aches and sore throats.
- Promote digestion.
Individuals should always check with their family doctor before treating themselves with any natural substance. Those on prescription medications should be aware that there are many naturally occurring substances that may react with the medicines that their physician has them on.
Ancho peppers have many different uses in the culinary world. They offer such an enticing flavor that they are a welcomed addition to almost any dish. Many brands of chili powder have Ancho peppers in the blend. There are some suggested uses for the Ancho pepper as follow:
- Soak Ancho peppers in water for thirty minutes; use the water to season soups and stews.
- Grind whole Ancho peppers to produce chili powder.
- Sprinkle deviled eggs or other egg dishes with Ancho powder.
- Combine ground beef and Ancho powder for a juicy and flavorful grilled burger.
Numerous types of cuisines use this type of seasoning. Many individuals find the best combinations by simply experimenting with the many different types of peppers.
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