Where the Ghost Pepper is From and Why its so Hot

Where the Ghost Pepper is From and Why its so Hot

A seemingly obvious question came into my mind when I first discovered that chili peppers were from South America and not, as I always thought, native to India. If chili peppers are from South America, then why is the spiciest chili in the world found in India? That...
The 14 Spicy Food Cultures of the World

The 14 Spicy Food Cultures of the World

During my preliminary research in the weeks before launching my Kickstarter, I ran across this line. “There are 14 ‘high pungency’ cultures in the world where the use of [chili peppers] is predominant in nearly every dish.” 14 chili pepper...
The Spiciest Cuisine in India

The Spiciest Cuisine in India

In India, it is known that South Indian cuisine is spicier than North Indian cuisine  which packs a punch in its own right. And within the south there is a (disputed) king, my mother’s homeland, Andhra Pradesh. Light on sauces and butter, heavy on dried chili...
Are Chilies Fruits or Vegetables?

Are Chilies Fruits or Vegetables?

Defined by its pungency, coming in many shapes and varieties, the chili pepper holds its secrets close to its heart. For example, how to categorize it? Are chilies fruits or vegetables? It is not on the food pyramid, but looking at what is, it seems, at first, clear...
Where are Chili Peppers from?

Where are Chili Peppers from?

When I first learned that Chili Peppers are not indigenous to Asia, I was shocked. How could this spice, so essential to the Indian cuisine that I grew up enjoying, not be from India? It is possible that there was once…Indian cuisine without chilies? Where are...

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