The Origin of Chili Peppers

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Smithsonian Magazine has a fascinating article about the origin of the capsaicin secreting glands found in the fruit of plants which are members of genus capsicum.

It was long believed that these glands improved survivability by deterring seed predators such as rodents, but new evidence points to improved survivability due to the anti-fungal properties of capsaicin providing protection from seed rot caused by a member of genus fusarium.

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