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Earliest evidence of chili pepper use found in Mexico

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2,000-year-old chili pepper residue has been found on pottery discovered in Mexico.

The scientists found chili residue in multiple types of jars and vessels, which suggests that Mixe-Zoquean and Maya cultures may have been using chili peppers for many different culinary purposes.

For instance, Capsicum was found in a vessel called a sprouted jar, which is used for pouring a liquid into another container.

The archaeologists suggest that chili peppers may have been used to prepare spicy beverages or dining condiments.

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Story: Sci-News.com | Photo: Roberto Lopez and Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta

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