Chilli in China

Hengdong, the Yellow, Emperor’s, Pepper

Hengdong, the Yellow, Emperor’s, Pepper

China has a thing with the color red. It’s not only conspicuous, it’s also considered auspicious, and so it’s everywhere. Good thing that the chile pepper is so nice and shiny red; it sometimes seems like that alone made it so particularly popular in China. […]

ChiliCult in China: Vegetables in the Courtyard

ChiliCult in China: Vegetables in the Courtyard

Again Hunan, again that courtyard at the grandparents’…

Beijing, Capital of Chilli

Beijing, Capital of Chilli

China’s north isn’t known for its chilli, but I still stumble across it… Even as I visited a Buddhist temple for my research on the same, I found the chilli they had there, too: It all just begs the question why I have a garden, […]

Revolutionary Chile Peppers…

Revolutionary Chile Peppers…

I didn’t even point to my recent talk on “<em>Revolution in the Kitchen: The Chile Pepper in China</em>” on this English part of ChiliCult since it was in German and took place in Vienna only – but now there’s the link to Andrew Leonard’s piece […]

Dai Cooking and the Shuanshuanla (Ghost) Pepper in China

Dai Cooking and the Shuanshuanla (Ghost) Pepper in China

Southwestern China’s (sub)tropical Yunnan province, bordering on Southeast Asia, does not just hold great biological and cultural (ethnic) diversity (which it is well-known for) in general. Interestingly for the chilehead, it is the one region in China where Capsicum chinense actually seems to have a […]