Collecting recipes and cooking have always been hobbies and joys in my life. Recently, I become interested in food nutrition as a serious part of weight control and use recipe programs that record detailed USDA level nutrition data. Chiles seem to be mostly left out in the analysis at the detail level, aside from green chiles and jalapeños. I have seen the nutrition data at the Chile Institute but it seems somewhat vague, other than green and red. Is there a source for detail data on habaneros, de arbols, Indian green chile, etc., particularly by the pod, by weight, by volume, by ground volume? Your help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
A: Hello Jerry:
To my knowledge, there is no detailed data on the nutritional analysis of the numerous varieties of chiles. I think the reason for this is that nutritionists don’t believe that there’s enough variance among the varieties to make much difference. After all, most of the chiles in commerce are the same species. Certainly the capsaicin levels vary, but I think that by weight, the amounts of nutrients would not vary much.