Latest Pungency Stories
A new study provides a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper.
Biologists have learned in recent years that wild chilies develop their trademark pungency, or heat, as a defense against a fungus that could destroy their seeds.
Studies of a protein that fruit flies use to sense heat and chemicals may someday provide solutions to human pain and the control of disease-spreading mosquitoes.
Fizzy beverages light up same pain sensors as mustard and horseradish, a new study shows -- so why do we drink them?
For those with high blood pressure, chili peppers might be just what the doctor ordered.
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You can now not only feel the spicy kick of a jalapeno pepper, you can also see it in full 3D, thanks to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
The way in which garlic inflicts gastric pain may also be the way it confers cardiovascular benefits, a new study suggests.
People tend to love garlic or hate it, but few probably associate it with pain. Nonetheless, it turns out that pain-sensing nerves respond to the sulfur-based chemicals in garlic.
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.