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Despite the importance of chili peppers to many Asian cuisines, they are actually native to the Americas and were only later introduced to Asia through trade.

Chili pepper

The spread of chili peppers to Asia occurred through its introduction by Portuguese traders, who – aware of its trade value and resemblance to the spiciness of black pepper – promoted its commerce in the Asian spice trade routes. It was introduced in India by the Portuguese towards the end of the 15th century. In 21st century Asian cuisine, chili peppers are commonly used across diverse regions.

Production

Green chili production – 2016

Region

(millions of tons)

China

17.4

Mexico

2.7

Turkey

2.5

European Union

2.3

Indonesia

2.0

Spain

1.1

United States

0.9

World

34.5

Source: FAOSTAT of the United Nations

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