The Properties of Ibarra Chili Peppers

Piparras, also known as Ibarra chili peppers, are a non-spicy variety of pepper (for the most part). They have some very healthy properties that are worth knowing. Learn them here!
The Properties of Ibarra Chili Peppers

Last update: 30 September, 2021

Piparras or Ibarra chili peppers grow in specific climatic and geographical conditions. Hence the particular flavor and aroma people so appreciate in gastronomy. As if that wasn’t enough, they have many great nutritional properties.

The Capsicum frutescens is a shrub of the Solanaceae family. Originally from Central and South America, it’s now spread all over the world.

There are five species of domesticated plants within the genus Capsicum and they provide most of the varieties of more or less hot chili peppers.

The fruits vary in shape, color, size, and chemical composition. However, they generally stand out for their content of carotenes and antioxidants. These two components are responsible for their nutritional properties.

You may not be aware of it but this fruit is highly nutritious even when you consume it in moderate amounts. They contain:

  • Vitamins E and K
  • Provitamin A
  • Copper and potassium
  • Fiber

As you can imagine, peppers are a great addition to a healthy diet as they can prevent certain diseases.

How to introduce peppers into your diet

Ibarra chili peppers are quite tender and most of them are mild flavored. You may find a hot one, but it’s quite rare. That said, the last ones to develop are usually the hotter ones. This is because they’ve spent more time under the sun.

You can recognize them by their length, usually around 3.5 inches long. Most of the ones you’ll find at a grocery store will be canned.

This is because preserving them is the best way to take advantage of each harvest. You can add them to some dishes such as:

  • Tapas, skewers, and appetizers
  • They go well with olives, anchovies, cured cheeses, or ham
  • Slices in salads
  • You can also eat them as a snack

In addition, you can now find fresh Ibarra chili peppers. These are now a delicacy you can serve raw in salads or as a side dish.

Of course, you can cook them if you prefer and add them to any vegetable stew, or even fry them.

An assortment of fruit and vegetables.
Ibarra chili peppers are great in stews.

The properties of Ibarra chili peppers

Beyond delighting your palate, Ibarra chili peppers are highly nutritious and thus ideal for any wholesome diet. In addition, plants of the Capsicum family also have medicinal properties.

1. A food with carotenes

Carotenoids are the pigments present in plants responsible for their color. All the fruits of the Capsicum family have a lot of these.

These are some of the properties of peppers we know of so far:

  • They have antioxidants.
  • They contribute to optimal cardiovascular health.
  • In addition, they contain provitamin A, essential for proper night vision and healthy skin.

2. Presence of capsaicin

Capsaicin is another of the phytoactive components of peppers, responsible for a large part of their medical and pharmacological uses. Several studies indicate this substance can help with the following:

  • The treatment of pain in general (especially in the case of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis)
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive problems
  • Weight loss treatment (it seems to help reduce appetite and increase energy expenditure)

However, note that most studies took place with controlled intakes of capsaicin supplements — reaching the same doses through food is often complicated.

3. Antioxidant activity

The antioxidant properties of many vegetables have been the focus of many scientific studies in recent years. In fact, a diet rich in vegetables helps prevent the onset of some chronic diseases. In addition, it also protects cells against premature aging.

All plants of the genus Capsicum, such as the Ibarra chili peppers, contain varying amounts of different phytochemicals with antioxidant activity. For example, they include phenols, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins.

A plate of peppers.
The antioxidants contained in chili peppers have a direct impact on the prevention of chronic diseases.

Take advantage of the properties of Ibarra chili peppers in your diet

Finally, the properties of the fruit of the Capsicum genus have been well known for hundreds of years. In fact, their content in flavonoids, carotenes, and phenolic compounds make them quite valuable nutritionally speaking.

Thus, you should regularly include them in your diet.

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