The Birds Eye Chilli is packed with minerals like manganese, foliates, potassium, thiamin, molybdenum and copper. It has been used traditionally to prevent diseases like arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis.
Bird’s eye chili is also a natural painkiller used to give relief for conditions like arthritic pain, shingles, diabetic neuropathy, bursitis and painful shoulder muscle spasms. Nasal congestion and asthma can be relieved using Kanthari. The Vitamin B in Kanthari also detoxifies the digestive system for better digestion and enhances metabolism. Cigarette smokers can also get relief for inflamed lungs by taking some Bird’s Eye Chili.
Popular belief chronicles that Portuguese travelers introduced Birds Eye Chili to India from its native cradle in Mexico. One can find this chili variety in Coorg (Kodagu). The Garos in Meghalaya call it Jalik Meseki and the Koadava people call it Uri Malu. The traditional Kerala Cuisine integrates Kanthari and the Malayam have it as Kanthari Mulagu.
Bird’s Eye chili is richly packed with capsaicinoids, carotenoids and antioxidants. It is also a source of Vitamins A, B6, C and E. In fact, the content of Vitamin C in Kanthari chili exceeds that of citrus fruits like oranges. Minerals like manganese, foliate, potassium, copper and molybdenum are also found in Bird’s eye chili.
The risk of colon cancer is greatly mitigated by taking foods rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Bird’s eye chili is rich in these nutrients. The burning of calories for a slimmer figure is made easier by eating chili. If you have a poor appetite, you can take some chili to stimulate your digestive system and clear your lungs. The antioxidants in chili help in getting rid of bad cholesterol. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, eye cataracts, arthritis and osteoarthritis can be fought effectively by taking this chili. It also stimulates the release of endorphins that provide pain relief. Herpes Zoster shingles, shoulder muscle spasms, bursitis, arthritis and diabetic neuropathy pains can be relieved with Bird’s Eye chili.
The Vitamin B in Bird’s Eye Chili is effective in regulating the blood’s homocysteine levels. Excessive homocysteine can easily damage blood vessels and enhance the risk of stroke and cardiac arrest. Homocysteine is also converted to different molecules that are helpful in lowering bad cholesterol.
Thai cuisine values the Bird’s Eye Chili for its spiciness and fruity taste. Thai curries and salads mostly use this chili when either ripe and red or just green. They can also be eaten raw with Khao Ka Mu, which is simply rice and stewed pork trotter.
- Bird’s eye chili
- Jal·ik meseki
- Uri Malu
- Kanthari mulagu