All about capsaicin, and why Pelican Tea loves it so.
Our teas are infused to various degrees with hot pepper capsaicin. The experience of drinking pepper tea is much different than eating, for instance, a hot pepper - there's a warm, smooth burn which lingers only briefly before following your sip into your stomach. It's just enough of a kick to get you going in the morning, or to help congestion. The best part is, they're really tasty!
ORIGIN and INFO:
The seeds of Capsicum, or hot pepper plants, are dispersed predominantly by birds. While wild mammals of all sorts are deterred by hot peppers, birds love them.This is advantageous to the plant, as chili pepper seeds consumed by birds pass through the digestive tract and can germinate later, whereas mammals have molar teeth which destroy such seeds and prevent them from germinating. Their beaks don't destroy the pepper seeds and the peppers don't hurt the birds-- allowing the seeds catch a ride in the bird's stomach and spread across ecosystems. Natural selection may have led to increasing capsaicin in pepper plants because it makes the plant less likely to be eaten by animals that do not help it reproduce.