Peppers were domesticated approximately 6,000 years ago in Mesoamerica. Its history is closely related to the Aztec Empire and, therefore, to Mexico. But it is also said that the Incas also cultivated it. Its name comes from the Nahuatl “chilli”, the chili bell pepper is the best-known species. Originally, its flavor was very hot, and its first culinary use was as a spice (dried and ground) known as pepper (smoked, sweet or hot) and in its spicier varieties as chili or paprika.
In 2014 in the United States, 1.75 billion pounds of peppers were marketed, while in 2020, there was the commercialization of 1.87 billion pounds, which represents an increase of 7.07%, which we can appreciate in the following graph:
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Paola Ochoa is Director of Operations and Engineering Liaison for Agtools.
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