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The Capsicums are ancient natives of the New World, the oldest known examples coming from Mexico.
From seeds found on the floors of caves that were ancient human dwellings and from ancient fossil feces, scientists have found the people were eating peppers as early as 7000 BC.
Presumably originating as wild plants, chili peppers were cultivated between 5200 and 3400 BC and are among the oldest cultivated plants of the world.
In South America, peppers found at the archaeological site of Huaca Prieta have been dated at 2500 BC. These peppers are larger than the wild peppers and must have been cultivated.
Archaeological research in the Tehucan Valley revealed that among other crops, chilies were cultivated during the Coxcatlan era, around 4000 BC.
Scholars sent from Spain to the New World, notably to Mexico and Central America, described the extensive use of chili peppers in the diet of the Indians.
Next to maize, a certain Cobo wrote, it was the most important plant in the land; and a Garcilaso said that the Peruvian Indians valued chilies more than any other plant, and never cooked a dish of food without them.
The Jesuit Acosta noted that it was an item of considerable value for trade in areas where chili did not grow, and that some of the Indians included peppers in their religious rituals.