The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s DKY fun food facts we will look at Chili.
The Facts: During the 1880’s in San Antonio, Texas a Latino women nicknamed “Chili Queens” sold stew they called “chili” made with dried red chiles and beef from open-air stalls at the Military Plaza Mercado. They made their chili at home, loaded it onto colorful chili wagons, and transported the wagons and chili to the plaza. They build mesquite fires on the square to keep the chili warm and dished out chili to customers who sat on wooden stools to eat their fiery stew.
- A teaspoon of red chili powder meets the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision and bone growth.
- “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.” – Alleged dying words of Kit Carson
- Christopher Columbus discovered chili peppers when he discovered the Americas in 1493.
- There are 140 varieties of chili peppers grown in Mexico alone.