Many of us as children hated to eat Shimla Mirch. There were very few of us who loved to eat Shimla Mirch. I am definitely not one of those. We as children had an extra advantage of doing “nakhras” in front of our parents to grab some extra attention. Let’s also not forget that there was a very thin line between “nakhras” and a “slap” we got for not eating what was being fed to us. Having been reminded of that we thought of sharing some exciting facts related to Shimla Mirch.
Did you know?
The scientific name of capsicum is capsicum annum. Capsicum as a matter of fact is the name of the Genus of the crop plant. The other name of capsicum is “pepper”. Capsicum is a vegetable crop. The roots of its origins have been traced to tropical and subtropical America in a wide region comprising Mexico and northern Central America, the Caribbean, the lowland Bolivia, the lowland Amazonia, and the mid elevation of the southern Andes. Shimla mirch is a vegetable with great attributes. Another important fact about this vegetable is that it belongs to the family “Solanaceae”.
The regions of India that have a higher rate of growing capsicum are- Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and the deccan plateau in India. It is interesting to know that capsicum was first introduced in India by the British colonialists, the first large scale production was done in Shimla- the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Hence the name Shimla Mirch.
There are several names by which people identify this vegetable. It is called pepper in some parts of the world. Whereas, we have been calling it capsicum our whole lives. In Indian vernacular languages there are several names to it for example in Marathi it is called as “bhopli mirchi”, in Telugu it is called as “pedda mirapa”, in Tamil it is known as “kuda milagai”, in Malayalam it is known as “parangi mulagu”, in Kannada it is known as “donne menasinakai”, in Gujrati it is known as “simla marchan”.
What does Shimla Mirch contain?
This vegetable has a lot of beneficial nutrients that can serve to keep up the human body in the best condition. Lycopene which is a phytonutrient is found mainly in red Shimla Mirch. Other than that, it also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin E. Apart from these it contains folate which is vitamin B9 and it also contains potassium.
Shimla Mirch is known to have some exceptional health benefits.
As mentioned earlier it contains lycopene which keeps your heart in good condition.
Vitamin K, a key content in capsicum, helps improve bone metabolism, an integral process to avoid the condition of osteoporosis.
Shimla Mirch also contains Capsaicin which helps reduce inflammation in the body and also helps treat arthritis.
Capsicum contains antioxidants which are very beneficial in maintaining the human body. Antioxidants are essential to inhibit the cancerous proliferating cells. Another important antioxidant is lutein which helps protect the eye from cataracts
The most important nutrient is folic acid which helps in the rapid growth and multiplication of RBC’s and WBC’s.
Recipes with Shimla Mirch
To make it easy to consume Shimla Mirch there are some exciting recipes that are loved by many people.
- Shimla mirch ki launji
- Shimla mirch besan ki sukhi sabzi
- Shimla mirch paneer ki sabzi
- Gobi Shimla mirch – one of the all time favourites
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