China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock
China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock

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The history of the chilli pepper in Chinese culture, from poor man’s spice to symbol of the revolution and passionate women

  • Introduced by sailors in the 1570s, the chilli has become a part of Chinese culture and several regional cuisines
  • Historian Brian Dott’s book The Chile Pepper in China follows the fiery fruit from cheap spice to revolutionary food to ubiquitous ingredient of hotpot meals

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China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock
China has a long history with the chilli pepper, which has become a part of many Chinese cuisines. Photo: Shutterstock
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