The fiery fruit: Chili peppers

Chili peppers growing in Italy (© Wikimedia)

The history of chili is fascinating. Traced back to 7000 BC in South America, the chili comes in dozens of different shapes, sizes, colours and degrees of hotness. There are cults of chili eaters, complete with magazines and festivals. Like chocolate, chili is also highly addictive and linked with images of sexual prowess. In the second in a two-part series, a colourful and extensive look at the chili pepper.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: October 19, 2001