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The center, built deep inside a mountain in 2008, is designed to protect the world’s main food plants in case of a disaster.
It stores seeds from more than half a million crops:
“The chillies really are an interesting story,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which funds the operation and management of the seed vault.
They are traditional varieties; they have colourful names and histories,” he told BBC News.
“A number of the varieties were provided by a fantastic group of nine US government organisations called Native Seed Search who work with Native American communities.”
The peppers include Wenk’s Yellow Hots, a pepper that starts out yellow and hot before losing some of its potency and turning red. There’s also the San Juan Tsile, described as “ranging as anything from mild to medium to hot.”
The BBC reports the San Juan Tsile is still cultivated by Native American elders in New Mexico.
Those seeds, along with others, came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Plant Germplasm, based in Colorado.
Now you know.
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