Hot Stuff: what kind of masochists want to burn their mouths off
Peppers most likely devised capsaicin (the component that gives chili peppers their bite) in order to keep mammals away from the fruit. And yet, pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. So what is the allure of a fruit that is designed to repel, asks Kendra Pierre-Louis in Aeon Magazine.
From Aeon magazine