A capsicum is another name for “chili pepper” in many countries, though in the scientific world, the name refers to the genu…
What is the difference between a chili and a pepper?
A pepper is a member of the genus “Piper” while chilies are members of the genus “Capsicum.” The berries in plants of the Piper genus contain piperine, a chemical associated with a biting sensation. Although peppers are often referred as “hot” or “spicy” chilies are even spicier.
Why is it called chilli?
He says that the name comes from the Spanish word ‘chile’, which has its own roots respectively in the Nahuatl language (the Aztecs spoke a variant of this). So a chilli was originally called chile in Nahuatl. The Spanish then took this into their own language and the English language borrowed it from them.