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Wilf Woods | Just a little pepper primer

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Columbus is best known for his voyages, but probably had more permanent effect upon our diet by bringing chili peppers from the Caribbean to Europe.

These potent chiles soon spread around the world, becoming part of the trade goods that were spread by early Portuguese ships.

Four of twenty-five species of capsicum have been domesticated, the most widespread being capsicum annuum, but the hottest are capsicum chinense.

The heat of chiles triggers an endorphin release, giving us a natural “high,”…

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