Hopefully you generated a bit of heat this Valentine’s Day. In keeping with that theme, let’s talk about where the “heat” comes from in peppers. A chile pepper’s spicy heat comes from the pith and ribs of the pepper, not the seeds. Capsaicin, which is the chemical compound that contains fiery heat, is actually concentrated in the inner white pith or rib of the chile pepper. A friendly reminder: don’t forget to be cautious when handling those peppers. The chemical compound is easily transferred from your hands to other areas of your body. Spice is nice, but only where you want it; and nobody wants burning eyes or skin! A cheap pair of surgical gloves does wonders. Don’t have any around? In a pinch you can use zip lock bags as makeshift gloves for safe handling!