According to Stephanie Walker, an “extension vegetable specialist” at the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, chiles are tough crop for farmers because they’re sensitive to drought and parasites, and they have to be harvested by hand.
Here are a few of her facts on chilies:
- If you just bite into the tip of a very hot chili pepper and not into the placenta or vein, you won’t get any heat.
- Chile peppers and bell peppers are the exact same genus and species.
- The heat in chili peppers is not detected by birds.
- Chile pepper is used to feed flamingos in zoos to keep them pink.
- Chemicals from the peppers are put in paints to put on boats to keep barnacles from attaching to the sides.