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Chiles Named “Hottest Herb” of the Year

chili pepper

chili pepper

The International Herb Association has chosen chiles – also called capsicum – as the Herb of the Year for 2016. Recognizing the versatility and value of capsicum in cooking, as well as the health benefits it offers, the International Herb Association will be coordinating attention on it. This includes capsicum itself, in the form of peppers and chiles, as well as how it can be used.

Why Choose Chile?

Capsicum is the name of the genus of plants that produce jalapenos, cayenne peppers, bell peppers, green chile and more. Capsaicin is the chemical compound that gives chile heat; the higher the level of capsaicin, the hotter the chile. With a wide range of heat available and the flavor of the chile itself, it’s only growing in popularity for restaurants and homes alike.

Capsaicin is beneficial for more than just the flavor of a dish. Studies continue on determining just how many health benefits it has, but lower cholesterol and a higher metabolism have both been linked to capsaicin. Chile peppers contain vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, potassium and no cholesterol. For people looking to offer healthy, flavorful dishes, chile is an excellent option.

Recognizing Chile

With new attention being drawn to chile now, it’s even more important to ensure that the chile you buy is high quality, fresh and 100% natural. The Chile Guy handles every step of processing to ensure that any chile powders and flakes you buy have no additives. Fresh green chile for your restaurant? You can order any amount needed – 5 pounds or 5,000 pounds – and be certain that you’re getting fresh, quality chile.

Offer the Herb of the Year to your customers! Order red chile, green chile, chile powder or any other form that your restaurant needs and join the International Herb Association in recognizing this versatile, delicious herb.


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