Monday, November 19, 2012



Over here in Southern California, you will find Latin food a big part of our culture and the food scene.  It truly is a melting pot here and its one of the things I love about living in Los Angeles.  If you are looking for a certain ethnic food restaurant, you will find it.  Mexican food is a big part of our culture here too and my husband and I love the spiciness of it.  At my local Trader  Joes, they sell an 8oz pack of Jalepenos for $0.99 each.  Wow!  So, I thought I would try pickling my own.

I like this recipe because you don't cook the Jalepenos.  They came out nice, crisp and fresh tasting.  Here's the recipe...


16 oz fresh jalepenos sliced
2 tablespoons maple syrup
8 bay leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons thyme
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups apple cider vinegar
6 cloves garlic chopped
2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
1/2 cup water

Mix all the ingredients in an airtight jar and let it marinate for 24 hours or longer.  The taste is firey but zesty!  We really love these!  Enjoy!

Check out the benefits of jalepenos from Nutritiona and You:

Chillies contain health benefiting alkaloid compound, capsaicin, which gives them strong spicy pungent character. Tolerance level of peppers including jalapeno peppers may have wide individual variations. Wherever feasible, they should be consumed in moderation to avoid any untoward experiences. Nonetheless, they packed with impressive list of phto-chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Capsaicin has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-diabetic properties, at least in some early laboratory studies on experimental mammals. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

Fresh jalapeno peppers are rich source of vitamin-C. Ripe fruits have more of this vitamin than raw greens. 100 g provide about 118.6 mcg or about 198% of RDA. Vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals fro the body. helps remove harmful free radicals from the body.

Besides, they contain other valuable antioxidants such as vitamin A, and flvonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthins. These antioxidant substances in capsicum helps to protect body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress, diseases conditions.

Jalapeno chillies contain more pyridoxine, vitamin E, vitamin K than other variety of peppers. Vitamin K increases bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has beneficial effect in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

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