About six months ago I saw a T.V. program on chile peppers. One of the things that stood out was that the seeds were not the hottest part of the pepper. As well as I can remember, they said that the veins in the pepper were where all of the hot came from. Is this true?
A: Hello Sam:
The seeds are not the hottest part of the pod. The capsaicin glands, at the juncture of the placental tissue and the top of the pod wall, are the hottest. However, since the seeds are attached to the placental tissue, during processing they often receive an external coating of capsaicin, which makes them hot.