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2011-01-18 14:26:18

Method recovers pigmented carotenoids from dried Capsicum, reduces use of hazardous solvents Plant pigments are an important source of non-toxic compounds for use as food or cosmetic coloring agents. In addition to their known nutritional value, the red pigments in Capsicum (chile pepper) are important as sources of non-toxic red dyes; the red pigments are added to many processed foods and cosmetics to enhance their appearance. Certain varieties of Capsicum annuum can be "extracted' to...

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2010-08-04 12:30:00

For those with high blood pressure, chili peppers might be just what the doctor ordered, according to a study reported in the August issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. While the active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat"”a compound known as capsaicin"”might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax, the research in hypertensive rats shows. "We found that long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, one of the most abundant components in...

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2009-06-19 15:00:33

Chiles important reservoirs of genetic diversity important for conserving biodiversity Without the process of domestication, humans would still be hunters and gatherers, and modern civilization would look very different. Fortunately, for all of us who do not relish the thought of spending our days searching for nuts and berries, early civilizations successfully cultivated many species of animals and plants found in their surroundings. Current studies of the domestication of various species...

2008-09-07 18:00:08

By Steve Riches "When I was in Thailand I had the hottest chilli sauce ever, called Bird Pepper Master Blaster. Can I grow the chillies from which it's made?" asks Jamie Wilde, of Salisbury, Wilts. - You sure can, Jamie. Bird Pepper is nothing more complicated than the Far Eastern name for Tabasco. The chilli's Latin name is Capsicum Frutescens, which comes originally from the Amazon basin in Brazil and was popularised by the Mexican city of Tabasco. The plant is now widely grown in...

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2008-07-30 15:56:33

Health officials in Colorado have found a jalapeno tainted with salmonella in the home of someone sickened during a recent outbreak of the food poisoning. They believe this could be a vital clue in tracking down the source of the illness. The state health department said the pepper carried bacteria with the same unusual strain of Salmonella saintpaul that has made 1,307 people sick in the United States. "The pepper was purchased at a local Wal-Mart, likely on June 24, and the individual...

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2008-07-14 06:00:00

By Julie Schmit Imports of jalapeno peppers from Mexico have slowed amid government testing for salmonella, and importers say shortages are likely if the bottleneck continues. "If this goes on for two more weeks, there's a strong likelihood you won't get a jalapeno in your burrito," says Will Steele, CEO of a leading pepper importer, Frontera Produce of Edinburg, Texas. Frontera is still shipping peppers, but some importers have stopped, saying the tests take so long that peppers rot in...

2005-12-21 08:17:46

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Two Dickinson State University students are attempting to create a fast-growing and prolific pepper species. Three times a week, Dena Ehli and Jennifer Robinette manage the university's new greenhouse, as investigators in a botany experiment called the "pepper project." "What we're trying to do, actually, is produce a plant that will produce a lot of peppers in a short-growing season," Ehli said. Robinette has the same goals but focuses more on the short-term goals....


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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