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Old 05-15-2004, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by pilot141
Thanks for the responses everyone.

But aside from speculation (some of it quite reasonable), we don't have a definitive answer yet.

I was hoping to find something cool like "Nero hated peeling olives and didn't like misshapen ones, so the Spaniards supplying the olives took the nearest thing at hand - the lowly pimiento - and stuck them in Nero's olives. The tradition stuck, as pimiento-stuffed olives became associated with wealth and luxury."
Pimientos come from a variety of red pepper (a mild form of chile pepper), which is ultimately of New World origin. The combination can't have existed before Columbus' voyages.

Green and red peppers are simply varieties of chili peppers that have been bred to lack most capsaicin, the hot element in chilies.
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