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March 25, 2009
If you've ever wondered what the evolutionary reason is for chilies being spicy.
14 years ago
I hadn't, but that was interesting. Thanks!
New research indicates chili pepper plants may have developed their signature heat as a way to fight off fungal infections caused by insects.
Talk of the Nation
, August 15, 2008
All the bio books I ever read said it was mice: Birds eat the fruit but don't digest the seeds, mice digest everything; only mice are bothered by the capsaicin. But fungus? Now, that's new to me, and pretty cool.
That Smithsonian article is a well-written and fun read, thanks! I might try planting some chilis in my apartment garden this summer.