Our Organic Birds Eye Chili is the small variation in variety to larger red chilies or Jalapenos. The Birds eye chili, native to South East Asian countries where they are very common, are known to be very (chili) hot and pungent, they are also extremely aromatic, fragrant and flavorful which makes the birds eye chili an indispensable ingredient in Asian dishes. Birds eye chili measure between 100.000 to 225.000 Scoville Units, which is at the lower half of the range for all chilies tested for heat levels. These flavorful chilies are extensively used in many Thai, Malaysian and also South Indian dishes.
South East Asian chilies we know today were brought to Europe and from there to other parts of the world in the 16th and 17th centuries by Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch traders. According to historical accounts, the Portuguese traders were the birds who handed the chilies to the natives of Thailand, after the Spanish initially brought the chilies from the New World to Europe. The sailors consumed chilies together with ginger because of the high levels of vitamin C to prevent scurvy, this long before it was discovered that oranges could do the same.
Historically Birds eye chilies have been used as a natural remedy to cure arthritis, rheumatism, flatulence and toothache. Recent studies have shown proof that consuming a little chili, including Birds eye chili, helps to get better sleep and to sleep longer. Consuming Birds eye chilies is also believed to be good for the heart; because it lowers cholesterol more blood reaches the heart which keeps your heart healthier.
Using at Home
In Asian cuisine Birds eye chili is mainly used as condiment as well as flavoring in wide variety of dishes. Blending up these whole chilies is a great way to incorporate them into curries and sauces, or try using the whole chilies during the cooking process to incorporate the rich spiciness and then removing them before serving the dish.
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