Photo: Americans Cooked With Chili Peppers 6,000 Years Ago, Study Finds



Bell peppers are a mild variety of Capsicum annuum, one of five commonly cultivated species of chili pepper.

A new method to detect traces of ancient chilis is revealing surprising details about the early history and spread of the fiery crop.

Photograph courtesy Linda Perry


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