National Hot and Spicy Food Day is dedicated to connoisseurs of food with a spark! You may not be a fan of it, but today you simply cannot refuse some interesting dishes. Make sure your stomach can handle the spiciness and go on an adventure!
Spices have been adding flavor to foods for 6,000 years. They fight many ailments and have healing properties. Some of them reduce appetite and have a beneficial effect on metabolism: they are ideal for people on a diet.
Different cultures have their own spices, many of which we use daily and do not think about their origin. Chili is more commonly used in Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines. Mexico can be called a country in which spicy food is used everywhere, so they have National Hot and Spicy Food Day every day!
Of course, it is all about taste – some people like bland dishes, others are ready for serious spiciness in order to soothe the receptors with cold water after a meal.
The hottest spices in the world and their hotness in units:
- Cayenne pepper (about 50) – originally from America, successfully used in other countries.
- Thai chili (from 50 to 100) – Mexico.
- Dorset Naga (860 – 960) was created in 2002 in the USA.
- Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (up to 2,000,000) – its pungency can be felt even through gloves. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
People do not stop there; for example, in 2013 another variety called Devil’s Breath was bred. It has a rating of more than 2,200,000 units. Can you imagine?
How to take part
Cook something spicy for National Day: improve your favorite dish or create something you have never tasted before.
Visit the nearest restaurant and ask the waiter to help you choose.
When is National Hot and Spicy Food Day celebrated in 2024?
National Hot and Spicy Food Day is observed on August 19 each year.