Hot Chili pepper is the preferred spice for Nigerian foods. Pepper soup, suya (grilled meat), nsala (white soup) are the most common type of meal in Nigeria and is prepared from hot chili pepper with other spices. It is one of the ingredients in following Nigerian recipes Oha soup, Ogbono soup, Egusi soup, Banga soup, Bitter leaves and stew etc.
Hot chili pepper is an important crop not only because of its economic value but also due to the nutritional and medicinal importance. It is an excellent source of natural colours and antioxidant compounds. It is made up of an impressive list of plants derived compounds which are well known to have health promoting and disease preventing properties. Chili peppers are a rich source of Vitamin-C, Vitamin-C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant.