Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

aphrodisiac

Chili pepper’s spiciness makes our skin sweat and heart accelerate, it is a passionate burning, just like sex. Whether fresh or powdered, chilies have an aphrodisiac effect.

Studies show that chilies increase sexual appetite because of capsaicin, the chemical also responsible for the burning and itching effect we experience when we eat them. The more capsaicin a chili pepper has, the more it bites us.

Apparently, this chemical increases libido because it has a metabolic effect by stimulating the cardiovascular system. When the heart beats faster, the blood vessels open, causing more blood to flow. So, you start to sweat. Once your cardiovascular system is activated, your brain sends signals to the body to release endorphins, just as it does during exercise and sex.

The thermogenic effect and the activation of endorphins from chili peppers occur in both sexes. That means it stimulates men and women equally. For women, the endorphins that regulate pain and pleasure can be directly influenced by capsaicin, causing a significant elevation in mood. For men, studies show that peppers increase sexual appetite and even testosterone levels.

Since they are so great, let's try adding a bit to the menu of the night of lovers—Valentine’s Day evening. So that you know which chili peppers to buy, here is a list of fresh chili peppers and a list of what they are called when dried.

FRESCO - SECO

  • Jalapeño - Chipotle
  • Ají Amarillo - Ají Mirasol
  • Poblano - Ancho
  • Chilaca - Pasilla
  • Anaheim - Colorado
  • Serrano - Chile seco (dry chile)
  • Bola - Cascabel

Don’t forget about Ají Panca and Rocoto from Peru, Ghost and Scotch Bonnet from the Caribbean, and Anaheim from New Mexico, that can also make for a hot night. Have a spicy Valentines! If you need recipes, you know where to find me.

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