18 Amazing Facts About Chilies

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Everyone will immediately recognize this spicy hot burning taste that slowly spreads in the mouth and the tongue begins to burn. What do we know about chili peppers? Here are some interesting facts.

  1. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a colorless, pungent, crystalline substance that gives the pepper its flavor.
  2. Interestingly, the pungent taste of the pepper is stronger closer to the heart of the fruit.
  3. Pepper is known to kill harmful bacteria in food.
  4. More than 140 varieties of chili peppers are grown in Mexico.
  5. When eating very spicy food, a general reaction of the body occurs in the form of sweat.
  6. Chili peppers contain more vitamin A than carrots (especially red chili).
  7. Chili peppers can help you lose weight and improve your metabolism.
  8. Chili peppers contain aphrodisiacs and their use increases libido.
  9. Green chili has more vitamin C than citrus fruits.
  10. Chili is the second most common spice in the world, after salt.
  11. Chili pepper was first cultivated in Central and South America around 3000 BC.
  12. The Mayans rubbed hot pepper on their gums to stop toothaches.
  13. The smaller the pepper, the hotter it is. The hottest peppers are up to 5 centimeters long.
  14. The first European to taste chili was Christopher Columbus in America in 1493. Over the course of a century, it spread throughout the world.
  15. The Incas believed that chili peppers improved vision.
  16. An interesting fact in Mexico is chili laden soup is a hangover cure.
  17. Due to the extreme pungency, some peppers should not even be touched, as they can burn the skin. They are prepared by wearing gloves.
  18. The degree of hotness of a pepper is measured on a special scale. The most pungent of all is the habanero.
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