Jalapeno Peppers and The Light of Evolution

Believe it or not, Jalapeno peppers make a good nutritional food for Canaries.

Birds will happily eat the hottest of hot chili peppers and some Hot Papers varieties are popularly known as “bird peppers.”

This happens because of Evolution for peppers to be spread out by birds.

The Hot pepper contains capsaicin as a chemical defense the plant produce in its “effort” to avoid being eaten by “destructive” mammals, but not by birds. Normally, red color in them is correlated with birds acting as seed dispersal agents. Birds do not have the capsaicin receptor like mammals and also birds can see in Ultraviolet and can see red color fruits (like hot peppers) clearly.

The red fruit of peppers evolved to be eaten by birds and not mammals, a fact that is proved by their taste for these fruit and the red color, which is seen by birds and not by mammals. Moreover, the small fruits of wild peppers are eaten whole by birds, while mammals usually chew fruits of the same size, thus destroying the vital and most important part of the fruit, the seeds. Birds digest the pulp and disperse the seeds with feces, thus contributing to the spreading of these plants.

The benefits of eating Chili peppers:

  • Chilies contain health benefiting an alkaloid compound in them capsaicin which has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties
  • Chili peppers  have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals.: vitamin-C, Vitamin – A, B-carotene, α-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin, iron, copper, potassium, manganese and magnesium etc…

Some say giving Hot peppers to your Canaries will encourage your males canary to sing more.”He’s probably trying to cool off his tongue”, but if your canary get  Red factor colors do not blame me lol.

Yours in Fancy,

Arben Bebeti