pepper pepper

In European cooking, salt reigned supreme, and pepper was one of many spices used in heavily seasoned dishes. When they met, they were destined to be. Or, rather, it was destined that they would meet. Theo Crazzolara/Flickr hide caption

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New York City's Blue Hill restaurant is the biggest buyer of "Habanadas," a habanero bred to be heatless, so the focus is on its melon-like flavor. Courtesy of Blue Hill hide caption

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Pepper is the spice most commonly contaminated with salmonella and other pathogens. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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