Red hot chiles, 5-10cm/2-4cm long and 1cm/0.5cm in diameter, are indispensable in Mexican, Indonesian and Italian dishes. Dried powder adds zest and piquancy to soups, sauces, egg and meat dishes. Valuable home remedy with stimulant, blood pressure-regulating, digestive and anti-flatulent properties. Ground pods and a little soap in water is a useful insect-repellent for the garden. Heat: 8.