the history & health benefits of New Mexico's favorite spice
Green chile plays a significant role in New Mexican culture and runs deep in our roots. Some plots of our green chile farmland that grew chile hundreds of years ago are still producing today! Hatch, NM, is known as the chile capital of the world, where chile is not just food, but tradition! Must be something in the water! Yes, but also in the soil and climate. The hot and arid climate mixed with nutrient-rich soil irrigated with Rio Grande River water produces that slightly sweet, spicy, and crisp crop we love.
The Health Benefits
- One fresh medium sized green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges.
- Capsaicin in green chile has a stimulating effect on the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses. Capsaicin stimulates blood flow through the membranes and causes mucus secretion to become thinner. This action makes it beneficial in combating the common cold or sinus infections!
- Capsaicin can also stimulate the cooling center of the hypothalamus in the brain, which makes your body feel cool, even if your mouth is hot!
- Green chile is loaded with antioxidants and protects the body against free radicals.
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