Tuesday, 29 January 2008

chili, chile or chilli...? Another question?!

Writing this food blog has made me consider the spelling of various foodie words, that I don't usually write down! One of the ones that I was surprised to find I had to think about was Chili! I finally decided to track it down last night after making a hot and HUGE chile con carne!

  • The chili pepper, chilli pepper, or more simply just chili, is the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum, which are members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae... The name, which is spelled differently in many regions (chili, chile or chilli), comes from Nahuatl via the Spanish word chile. The term chili in most of the world refers exclusively to the smaller, hot types of capsicum. The mild larger types are called bell pepper in the USA, simply pepper in Britain, Canada and Ireland, capsicum in India and Australasia and paprika in many European countries.

I'm starting to think I might be a bit of a food geek - but I do feel happier for knowing!

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