What began as a simple friendship between cacao nibs and goji berries became something extraordinary when smoky chipotles stepped onto the scene. Chicaoji certainly wouldn’t have become the chief condiment in the cabinet without the spicy heat provided by its boldest ingredient. As the only part of Chicaoji that cannot be considered totally raw, smoky chipotles bring the zing and carry the fire.
Many people don’t know that chipotles are actually ripened jalapeño peppers that have been dried over wood smoke. If jalapeños are allowed to mature, their well-known green coloring gives way to a deep red. The Aztecs in Mexico smoke dried these red peppers as a way of preserving them before the advent of refrigeration. Necessity birthed delicious invention, and smoky chipotles have remained a staple in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisine.
The smoky chipotles that we use in Chicaoji are sourced from Mycological Natural Products in Eugene, Oregon. When the naturally preserved peppers arrive at Chicaoji Central, we harness their fiery temperament to create a medium spiciness that can be enjoyed by many. With a noticeable heat that’s not too overwhelming, the smoky chipotles won’t steal the show from the other flavors in Chicaoji.
Like every ingredient that goes into Chicaoji, smoky chipotles are there to provide both flavor and nourishment. Of the many nutrients in chipotle peppers, the most notable is capsaicin, the organic chemical that gives jalapeños their spicy flavor. Capsaicin has been found to energize the metabolism, improve blood circulation and help burn calories. Researchers from Nottingham University have even determined that capsaicin triggers cancer cell death without harming healthy cells in the body.
In addition to capsaicin, chipotle peppers are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Chipotles contain healthy doses of iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C and K. Incorporate these vitamins and a little capsaicin heat into your diet by flavoring your meals with Chicaoji. You can also add smoky chipotles to your own recipes. Go to Mycological Natural Products for more info.
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