Interesting facts about chili peppers

• Chili peppers contain capsacin, a colorless, pungent, crystalline substance that gives the pepper its flavor.

• Interestingly, the pungent taste of the pepper is stronger closer to the heart of the fruit.

• Pepper is known to kill harmful bacteria in food.

• More than 140 varieties of chili peppers are grown in Mexico.

• When very spicy food is consumed, a general body reaction in the form of sweat occurs.

• Chili peppers contain more vitamin A than carrots (especially red chili).

• Chili peppers can help you lose weight and improve your metabolism.

• Chili peppers contain aphrodesiacs and their use increases libido.

• Green chili has more vitamin C than citrus fruits.

• Chile is the second most abundant spice in the world, after salt.

• Chili was first cultivated in Central and South America around 3000 BC.

• Maya Indians rubbed hot pepper on the gums to stop toothache.

• The smaller the pepper, the hotter it is. The hottest peppers are up to 5 centimeters long.

• The first European to taste chili was Christopher Columbus in America in 1493. Over the course of a century, it spread throughout the world.

• The Incas believed that chili peppers improved vision.

• Interesting fact, in Mexico, chili laden soup is a hangover cure.