Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let A Jalapeño Dip Spice Up Your Party

(NAPSI)-Jalapeños, probably the most familiar of hot peppers, not only spice up your party as a delicious dip, they have many other beneficial qualities.

Perhaps the most surprising feature of peppers is their nutritiousness: They are an excellent source of many essential nutrients, especially vitamin C. Hot peppers contain even more vitamin C, 357 percent more, than an orange. Moreover, red peppers are quite a good source of beta-carotene.

Peppers have also been known to work as an anti-coagulant, thus possibly helping to prevent heart attacks or strokes caused by a blood clot.

During the winter months, hot peppers are available from Mexico.

Here's a recipe you may want to try:

Jalapeño and Mint dip

Serves four

Ingredients:

2 jalapeños, deseeded

1 cup fresh mint

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

Salt

4 pita pockets, quartered and toasted

Place the jalapeños, mint, vinegar and olive oil in a home blender and puree until smooth; add the mix to the yogurt and stir until blended. Add salt to taste. Serve with the pita chips.

This delicious recipe was developed by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.

For more information, please visit www.freshfrommexico.com.

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