What makes a pepper sweet or hot?

What makes a pepper sweet or hot?

It’s been considered funny for most of my lifetime to offer someone a hot pepper, telling that person it’s a mild pepper, such as jalapeno slices on a plate of nachos. Chomping into one of these innocent looking nachos can make an untested one’s mouth explode with fire. Sorry, that’s not my cup of tea, but it does raise a question. What makes a pepper hot?


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