The Chilies

The fascination with chilies has lasted well over 9 thousand years!
 
 
 
What is it about chilies that produce this level of devotion? Frankly, it’s the impact that chilies have on us when we eat them. Each of our reactions depend on which of the over 3000 varieties we happen to consume at any given time. Certainly though, the quality of Mexican chilies has given rise to an entire national cuisine and culture. 
 
 
From the pre-Colombian era the chili has been used to add flavor and taste to fruits and vegetables. TAJÍN honors this ancestral heritage by using an exquisite combination of 100% Mexican chilies of the highest quality. Our chilies are carefully harvested with maximum attention given to hygiene and health during the crucial drying and grinding process to insure the best possible result no matter what culinary masterpiece is underway!
 
The history of the chili is long, picturesque and somewhat disputed…
 
there are those who say the chili’s origins are in South America without establishing where on the continent. Others assure us that their distinguished origin in in North America and specifically in Mexico. We endorse this last theory; not only based on the national pride Mexicans naturally feel toward a good chili, but because there is sufficient evidence to support that argument. Among other things is the fact the name “chili” comes from the Nahuatl language and at the time of the Spanish invasion the cultivation and trading in a large variety of chilies was very common.
 
Did you know?
 
  The name “chili” comes from the Nahuatl language the lingua franca of the Aztecs.
  We could spend a lot of time and space discussing the official science of chilies, but it’s enough to say that the chemical composition in chilies that gives them their punch and heat level is capsaicin.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
There is plenty of evidence showing that chilies have been used to flavor and preserve food, as important parts of religious rituals and is seasoning for more than 9 thousand years! Diego Alvarez Chanca, the medical officer who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage takes the credit for introducing them to Europe and for recognizing the medical benefits of chilies in a document written circa 1494. And while the honorable Dr. recommended their use for medical purposes he probably did so without knowing that:
 Dried chilies provide a high content of Vitamin A
 Chilies are very high in fiber
 
 
 
Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_pepper

www.chilipeppermadness.com