How Chilis Got Spicy (and Why We Love the Burn)

PBS Eons
PBS Eons
Published on 7.04.2021

Today, chilis are the most widely cultivated spice crop in the world - grown everywhere from their native home in the Americas to Europe, Africa, and Asia. But how and why did chilis evolve this weird, fiery trick in the first place? And why did we learn to love that spicy burn?

Big thanks to Julio Lacerda (https://twitter.com/JulioTheArtist​​) for the excellent Capsicum domestication illustration!

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References: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DA1qeR2Fi-sdDemikPSjwO7H6YgLvO55M1WTN3p80Hk/edit?usp=sharing

Runtime 00:10:15

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