Did you know that wasabi in sushi restaurants is likely horseradish with food colouring, as not many places can grow wasabi, making it up to over $100 a pound!!
In Japan wasabi is used in toothpaste for the antibacterial properties!!
There was a time where black pepper held the same value as gold!! Apparently Christopher Columbus was originally looking for cheap spices. They came over from the Middle East, like Indonesia & people traveled west with silks & spices (which were obviously a huge hit!!).
The name Pepper comes from “pippali”, a Sanskrit word that’s 3,000 years old, meaning “berry”.
Capsaicin is what gives pepper spray the “bite”. Since 1990 pepper spray has been the go to non Leatham weapon choice for law enforcement. Pepper spray is an inflammatory, causing the eyes to shut involuntary. Capsaicin oil may be found to diminish the pain that pepper spray causes.