Chile pepper has the ability to release endorphins, natural painkillers triggered to put out internal “fire.” Endorphins also cause the high of extreme physical exertion. And this floating, energized feeling so powerful in its pleasure that it can cause addiction to spicy cuisine.
In addition, chile pepper increases heart rate, doubling the pleasure of a mealtime rendezvous. So powerful is its chest thumping ability, chiles have actually been administered as an antidote for heart attacks.
Ok, so it might take a lot of chile to make the heart thump and the eater to experience an endorphin high. But even a tiny nibble can have an aphrodisiac effect. A pinch if chile pepper can raise body temperature and get you in the mood to tear off your clothes. It also makes lips plump up with kissable softness and desirability. In fact, it is said that all the heat can telegraph the visual cues of a sexual flush. This sexy physical attribute can put a lover’s mind in the mood with as little as one delicious glance.
Each of the hundreds of chile varieties produce a different level of heat and subtly unique flavor. Chipotles promise a smokiness, from which even the merest whiff is arousing. Habaneros are among the most hot, thereby the most dangerous. The heat of chile peppers is concentrated in the veins. To decrease heat, remove the veins before cooking the peppers.
Chiles in history
Historically, chile peppers were used by multiple cultures not only as an aphrodisiac but as an anesthetic, to promote cardiovascular health and to alleviate chronic pain. Most famously, chile was used a key ingredient in the fortifying chocolate drink the great ruler Montezuma consumed to make his tongue dance and his pulse quicken in preparation for his daily visit to his beautiful concubines.
Revel in this gratifying sting of nature’s long kiss goodnight.