Peppers a member of the Solanaceae family, along with tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillos and eggplant. Peppers originated in Central and South America, and quickly became popular throughout Europe after the discovery of the New World. At August Creek Farm, we grow both hot and sweet peppers.
The heat in peppers is produced by the capsaicin, and heat is measured by Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The majority of the heat resides in the seeds, so avoid adding seeds to your dishes if you want to reduce the heat. If you bite into more heat than you can handle, rinse your food down with some milk or alcohol, like a beer. Water won't save you.