Peppers : vegetable and spice capsicums by Paul W. Bosland

By Paul W. Bosland

Even if regarded as a minor crop, peppers are a massive global commodity as a result of their nice versatility. they're used not just as greens of their personal correct but additionally as flavorings in foodstuff items, prescription drugs and cosmetics. aimed toward complicated scholars and growers, this moment version expands upon subject matters coated within the first, similar to the plant’s historical past, genetics, creation, ailments and pests, and brings the textual content modern with present study and realizing of this genus. New fabric comprises a variety of marker-assisted breeding to hide the different sorts of markers to be had, new instructions, and traits within the undefined, the lack of germplasm and entry to it, and the longer term upkeep of Capsicum assets world wide.

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Annuum. The fruits also vary in pungency, from very mild to fiery hot. They embody unique aromatics and flavors and C. baccatum is the pepper of choice when making ceviche (a dish of marinated raw fish). The results of hybridization between C. baccatum var. pendulum and C. baccatum var. baccatum confirmed that the two varieties belonged to the same species; the hybridization produced fertile offspring, in both the F1 and F2, and had normal chromosome pairing. Karotypic analysis revealed that the chromosomes of the two varieties were almost identical, although some Fig.

Ruiz and Pavon (1790) originally described C. pubescens from plants cultivated in Peru. This species probably originated in the highlands of Bolivia, and, according Taxonomy, Pod Types and Genetic Resources 19 to Heiser (1976), was domesticated about 6000 Bc, making it one of the oldest domesticated plants in the Americas. In the Andes, C. pubescens (Fig. 4) is often called locoto or rocoto. It is found from Mexico to Peru, growing in Andean South America and the Central American highlands, usually in small family plots.

Fruit can be extremely pungent and aromatic, with persistent pungency when eaten. The habanero has the distinction of being the hottest pepper in the world. The plant sets two to six fruits per axil. Taxonomy, Pod Types and Genetic Resources 23 Capsicum frutescens (synonyms: C. minimum and C. lastigiatium) has fewer cultivars than C. chinense and C. annuum but the red fruit of one of its cultivars, Tabasco, is well known as a major ingredient in Tabasco® hot sauce. The melagueta is the common name for C.

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