Peppers belongs to the nightshade family and are originally from the Mediterranean. The plant prefers a sunny location which is protected from the wind, such as in front of the southfacing wall of a house. Peppers can be eaten raw or cooked. However, they can also be used as a condiment and even as a raw material for the extraction of food dyes. Surely you have already tried the wellknown “chili paste”. Nutritionally, peppers are very rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, in addition to having antioxidant properties. The hottest peppers also contain a substance called capsaicin that is responsible for their characteristic spiciness. Peppers also stimulate blood circulation and the secretion of saliva and gastric juices, for example.