Chili Peppers

The heat from these peppers is concentrated in the interior veins and ribs. The seeds taste fiery because of their proximity to these veins.

Chili peppers have been essential to both food and medicine to the indigenous communities of South America since at least 7500 BC.  Humans then spread these plants from the South America, near the Amazon, into Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. They soon became a major crop in all these areas. Spanish explorers took these peppers to Western Europe, where they were primarily grown for their aesthetics. In nearly all other parts of the world, chilies were utilized to enhance and transform the local cuisine. For instance, Asia quickly incorporated them into sauces and soups and Hungarians used it in their goulash. India is now one of the largest producers in the world. The worlds' cuisines were transformed.

California and Florida grow the most chili peppers in the US. Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, grows over 140 varieties. Before you decide to incorporate one of these cute, flavorful peppers into your next recipe, you might want to consult the Scoville scale, which measure the potency in spice of chili peppers. Choose wisely!

  •          Pasilla pepper
  •          Anaheim pepper
  •          Jalapeno pepper
  •          Serrano pepper
  •          Thai Chili pepper