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Category: Capsicum Botany

Aztec History and the Chiltepin

The history of the Aztecs – or at least the historiography in the Codex Mendoza – has a little pointer…

Why the Smoke of Burning Chilli Makes You Cough

If you know hardly anything about chile peppers, you know they are pungent. Hot. The spiciness goes deeper, though… all…

Not “How Hot Is It?,” but: How Is the Heat?!

One of the things that made me get deeper into “chilli cuisine” is that there is something special to it….

Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin: Hortus Botanicus Vindobonensis

1770-1776, Vindobonae : Typis Leopoldi Joannis Kaliwoda It is this work that first described Capsicum chinense/sinense under – and thus…

Köhler, Franz Eugen: Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen

1887: Gera-Untermhaus This work only contains one depiction of “paprika”, but it is too beautiful not to show:

Anton Fingerhuth: Monographia Generis Capsici

1832, Arnz & Comp: Düsseldorpii The Lower Saxon State and University Library Göttingen owns a copy of this text and…

Capsicum: Early Botanical Texts on Capsicum

The story of confusion about the correct botanical classification of Capsicum mirrors the history of botany itself. So, it can…

Capsicum: The Truth of Pod Types

[My apologies for just how much this post needs updating…]

Capsicum: The Domesticated Species

Botanically, the classification of plants follows the format of genus, species, and – if relevant – variety/subspecies.

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