Capsicum Trivia: No, capsicum did not come from Shimla; know its origins

If there is one vegetable that makes even the most ignorant cook’s eyes sparkle, it is capsicum. Available in dark green, bright yellow, and bright red colors, these non-spicy peppers with hollow insides with a collection of seeds around the outer side may be the only vegetable that suits well in almost every dish.

But have you ever wondered where did it come from? We’ll let you know.

Capsicum Origin:

Even though capsicum is consumed extensively in India, it does not originate from here. The vegetable was found in South and Central America and was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus when he sailed from America. According to historical records, capsicum has been used in cooking since 6000 BC. But how did it get its Hindi name?

Arrival in India

It is believed that the British started this India during his reign. During the British rule in India, they made Shimla the capital of the country. They brought the seeds of capsicum from America and it flourished with the help of favorable environmental conditions in the mountainous region.

Due to its high yield and delicious taste, people started producing it in large numbers. And since it was cultivated here in Shimla, the name of the district is still used to refer to the vegetable.

Rich in Vitamin C and Antioxidants

Capsicum helps in activation of thermogenesis and increase in metabolic rate. Unlike spicy peppers, they have a slight thermogenic activity that improves metabolism without increasing heart rate or blood pressure.

It is also high in Vitamin C. Foods containing vitamin C are beneficial for the immune system. Vitamin C in capsicum helps protect the body from disease by stimulating the production of white blood cells.

use in india

Due to its exotic origin and outlook, the vegetable comes under the category of exotic vegetables, after being extensively consumed in India. Capsicum is primarily used in continental cuisine, such as pizza toppings and other Italian dishes, Chinese cuisine, and more. They are also used as a decoration or part of dressings for many continental salads.

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