SciShow’s hot take: Peppers don’t produce that spicy goodness for the reason you think!
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In reply, I give you this, from my own files. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx0AclzFII4&t=41s Notice he scratches it to eject the seeds. Also, habanero is NOT pronounced habanyero, and fungi rhymes with fun guy.
Lolz Researchers "researched" peppers only to find out that scarred peppers are spicier. Boi, any wetback in mexico coulda told u that. My great gramma taught me how to pick produce and how to get the spiciest scarred peppers. Whats next? Researchers stare at water all day only to find out its wet
"Rodents and other mammals don't like eating hot peppers."
You never met my old pet rat, who would lick the hot sauce off my hands after I brought home a burrito.
One more data point for the sample size from a very silly and utterly adorable black-furred R. norvegicus.
For the most part. I had a cat that loved hot peppers more than I do. Even sauce that hadn't yet touched meat. So weird for a cat to want non-meat food, and weirder for adoring peppers with such a fervor.
These are all lies. Peppers are spicy because they're Sentient Creatures who are currently involved in a massive worldwide contest to see which type of pepper can cause the most humans to scream out loud due to a burning butthole when they go poop. Strategies differ between types of peppers in a Quality Vs. Quantity gameplan. Peppers such as the Serrano, Habanero & Jalapeno get frequent screams because so many people eat them on a regular basis. Others such as the Trinidad Moruga, Bhut Jolokia & Carolina Reaper go a more extreme route. They don't get nearly as many screams as the lower tier peppers because most people only eat them once or twice as a challenge & that's it, but when they do & they go to the bathroom the screams are horrifically terrifying & always earning Bonus Points due to the overwhelming fear contained in each scream.
i read it on the internet so it must be true, & it was even confirmed by a Cayenne Pepper whistleblower a few years ago. He's kind of the Edward Snowden of the Pepper world. There's also rumours that the film 'Monsters Inc.' was adapted from the story of the Pepper Scream game & they switched it to the Monster Under the Bed legend because it was far more kid-friendly than the TRUE story of the spice between the cheeks.
It wasn’t any of the top posts. And scrolling down, people have pointed out the ñ, but I don’t see a single one noticing that he said it with a j. I was actually going to comment only on that, then I listened again and noticed the ñ too.
This also explains why spicy peppers and food in general isn't as common in cold areas, I always found it ironic that the regions with spicy food are in hot places, you would think you'd want spicy food when it's cold, but the reasons the peppers make themselves hot probably aren't much of a problem in cold areas so spicy ingredients aren't available to be worked into the local cuisine aside from importing it from a warmer place that does have spicy peppers.
I know the anecdote of data is not plural but my favorite kitty cat seemed to enjoy spice. I like my chili very hot and while I ate it he'd stare at me waiting patiently for me to finish and set the bowl on the floor. He lick the bowl clean, knock the spoon out and clean it as well then look at me hopeful for more. And it wasn't like he made a B line to his water dish either. I miss that kitty.
Ughhhhhh... 4 seconds in, and I'm already forced to comment. It's habanero, NOT habañero.
I can't believe that this example of hyperforeignism slipped through editing.
Oh wait, it's SciShow. I guess I can believe that it happened.
Science reporting probably shouldn't speak about evolution as if the subjects were intelligently designed. Peppers with spice appear to survive insects and fungus better than plain fruits explaining their prevalence in areas where conditions favor insects and mold, not Peppers evolved spice to protect against insects and fungus.
If peppers are evolved to attract birds, but they can't taste the peppers, how do the plants stop birds from eating the fruit before it's ripe? I know many birds have advanced color vision, but why would the color stop them if the nutrients are the same? Are there other substances in the peppers they can taste?
Capsaicin is just one of a bunch of compounds and happens to be the one people can pronounce and are most likely to remember. Who has time to say dihydrocapsaicin? There are more and the variety of the compound soup gives different peppers different burn effects and also leads to variation within how the burn of an individual pepper feels in different people. Diversity is the spice of life!
But mold is the biggest issue you have to deal with in keeping your seeds for next year. There's ALWAYS mold in the pods (think about that for a minute). After all your effort in keeping the thing alive, it goes to nothing if you get a mold burst in the pod. Keep those seeds with some otherwise good seeds and add a little too much humidity and your germination rates drop 20-40% right off the top. 60% germination is wild type rates, not what to expect from a cultured plant, and that's if everything else goes perfect, which it won't. Never does.
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