Chili peppers which do not originate from Mexico or the Caribbean Islands are often South American. It remains unknown where chili peppers were first discovered - maybe Mexico, Brazil, Peru or Bolivia? Experts enjoy a good debate on the subject and
with chili peppers found in most traditional South and Central American recipes, we may never know their true origin.
One of the reasons they are so common in South America is that chili plants thrive under the warm climatic weather conditions found there and grow to impressive sizes in successful perennial crops.