Chilli

Scientific Name: 
Capsicum spp
Family Name: 
Solanaceae
Place of Origin: 
Americas
Plant Description: 
Many different species with fruits varying in shape and size.
Plant Height: 
Various
Plant Width: 
Various
Plant Use: 
Edible
Medicinal
Harvest Period: 
Any time dependant upon variety
Of Interest: 
The main component in chillies is a chemical called Capsaicin, which is responsible for the intense heat felt. Capsaicin blocks a natural chemical called Substance P, which is involved in the transmission and perception of pain. As a result Chillies can be useful in relieving and preventing common problems such as headaches, migraines and discomfort caused by sinus problems, allowing a person to relax more easily. There are also creams available that include capsaicin and are applied to the skin to treat the aches and pains, but they are associated with a burning sensation. Regular consumption of chillies can also have a very positive impact on people that are overweight or suffer from diabetes as they help your body control insulin levels after eating.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Flower
Climate: 
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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