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Capsicum spp.
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Solanaceae
Genus :
Capsicum
Species :
annum; frutescens; chinense; pubescens
COMMON NAMES
Chile Peppers
EFFECTS CLASSIFICATION
Spice; Irritant
DESCRIPTION
The Capsicum genus includes chile peppers, bell peppers, and paprika. Several species have been cultivated in Mexico for thousands of years as spices, foods, and medicines. A number of plants in the genus contain the chemical capsaicin, which produces the burning sensation associated with spicy foods.
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