Top 10 weird chilli pepper facts

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1. Using pepper as a weapon goes back 1,000’s of years. In ancient Asia bags filled with pepper and spices were thrown at enemies. In Japan ground pepper/Chillies were thrown into the faces of criminals as a form of punishment.

2. In the USA all postal staff carry pepper spray to defend against dogs and other animal attacks.

3. Farmers in Africa use chillies attached to fences to keep elephants from their crops. Elephants hate the smell.

4. The Indian Army are testing Chilli grenades as a form of non-lethal weapons to use on hidden enemies.

5. The Big Jim Chilli plant produces the largest known pods in the world they can grow in excess of a foot long, not bad for a plant that only grows around 2′-3‘ Tall.

6. In early civilizations such as the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs Chilli Peppers were used as a currency.

7. Chilli growers continually try to produce the world’s hottest chillies  resulting in records being broken on a regular basis. Possibly the best known Super Hot Chilli is the Bhut Jolokia otherwise known as the Naga/Ghost Chilli this was the world record holder in 2007 rated at around 1,000,000 Scoville units, and yet only 6 years later the new top dog is the Moruga Scorpion measuring an incredible 2,000,000+ Scoville units more than double that of the ghost. Who knows what they might reach in the future!!

8. The smallest known Chilli is arguably the Rodriguez Chilli from the island of the same name, it’s the sister island to Mauritius. The very small Fruits are very Hot and are used extensively amongst the islanders to make sauces and Chutneys.

9. It is estimated that Mexicans eat 6 kilos of fresh Chillies and 0.5 kilos of dried Chillies each per year which means they eat more Chillies than Onions and Tomatoes put together.

10. Aztec women used to believe that Chilli makes your skin beautiful, so much so they use to apply a paste to their skin made from Chilli powder and urine, Urgggh….
American classic Chilli Dog, a grilled Hot Dog in a bun smothered in ground beef Chilli sauce topped with a cheese and onion garnish.

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