Welcome to Mr Chilli Lover's website
This site is dedicated to anything and everything chilli and to those who love chillies.
Chilli plants and seeds have spread across every continent and have been bred into literally hundreds of varieties in every conceivable shape, colour and size.
The active ingredient in chillies, mostly concentrated around the seeds, is called Capsaicin and it has a rather peculiar effect on us, activating the heat receptors in the throat and mouth.
The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate and releasing endorphins, ready to counteract the pain so they really do bring about a real sense of both pain and pleasure. In actual fact Capsaicin does you no harm whatsoever.
People grow chillies from seeds for a variety of different reasons.
Most people have a fascination with the effects of Capsaicin and want to grow the serious hot varieties such as Bhut Jolokia, the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T and chillies from the Habanero family.
Some are interested by the ornamental qualities of these beautiful, sometimes weird and wonderful fruits and others are connoisseurs of different varieties, applying different chillies to a wide range of cuisines and dishes.
Others have more of an emphasis on growing chillies that cannot be bought commercially for specific culinary purposes.
Most importantly enjoy growing, learning, cooking and eating the Chilli.
Please send any comments, recipes, pictures or ideas to Mr Chilli Lover. All e-mails will be answered.