Our Mystery food adventure this week is all about something very hot and spicy!
This week I had the best time ever in Peru. And their cuisine made me smile and cry a lot. Why was I crying when I was so happy tasting their amazing food? Well, it was quite spicy!
We all know about the wide variety of chilies like the Cayenne to Jalapenos and Anchos used in cuisines all over the world. You must have all heard of the Scoville scale that is used to measure the spiciness of peppers in terms of SHU or Scoville Heat Units. Till some time back, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was known as the world’s hottest chili pepper but now the Carolina Reaper wears the crown with a shocking 1,569,300 SHUs. That is a true reaper!!
Coming back to my trip to Peru, here I got a chance to sample the local chili which is truly the backbone of all Peruvian cooking – Aji Amarillo.
These beautiful yellow chilies rank at a modest 30,000-50,000 SHU on that scale. In case you are interested, check out the SHUs of the other chilies that can really make you cry right here.
Here is another fun fact- Did you know that the Aji Amarillo and other members of the species are native to South and Central America and they have been cultivated for over 7,000 years! Now that is a lot of people who simply love their spice.
Now that we have got your interest in spicing your life – here is a fun food adventure trip you can take with your family in your kitchen. Cooking together as a family is the perfect screen free time activity that not only promotes STEM skills through direct interaction but also helps them appreciate the food they eat.
Share your experience and pics on our social media pages @GatorCapers and stay tuned for more adventures coming your way.