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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Capsicum !! - குட மிளகாய் !!!

 Capsicum !! - குட மிளகாய் !!! 

The fruit (technically berries in the strict botanical sense) of Capsicum plants have a variety of names depending on place and type. The more piquant varieties are commonly called chili peppers, or simply chilis.  We call it ‘chilly’ – umbrella chilli !! (kuda mulagai) commonly pampered in paruppu sambar and sometimes standalone vegetable delicacy and in combo (I am not a great fan though !(


Capsicums are also known as bell peppers in America or just peppers in the UK. In the intermediate stage of ripening, capsicums are yellow or orange and are significantly sweeter than the green version !!  When fully ripe, capsicums are red and are at their peak when it comes to vitamin and antioxidant content.


Capsicum  is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family Solanaceae, native to the Americas, cultivated worldwide for their chili pepper or bell pepper fruit. The generic name may come from Latin capsa, meaning 'box', presumably alluding to the pods; or possibly from the Greek word   kapto, 'to gulp'. The name "pepper" comes from the similarity of piquance (spiciness or "heat") of the flavour to that of black pepper, although there is no botanical relationship with it or with Sichuan pepper. The original term, chilli (now chile in Mexico) came from the Nahuatl word chīlli, denoting a larger Capsicum variety cultivated at least since 3000 BC. Different varieties were cultivated in South America, where they are known as ajíes (singular ají), from the Quechua term for Capsicum.

How much do you relish this ??
Regards – S. Sampathkumar

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