A perennial vegetable, harvest time is late summer. Requires full sun exposure. One fresh medium-sized green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges. One teaspoon of dried red chile powder has the daily requirements of Vitamin A. Hot chile peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body, which speeds up the metabolism. Teas & lozenges are made with chile peppers for the treatment of a sore throat.