Some types of pepper plants have poisonous leaves, such as the chili pepper Capsicum annuum. The leaves of other pepper plants, such as Capsicum frutescens, have long histories of use amongst indigenous peoples in Taiwan. Some pepper plants may require preparation, such as boiling or cooking the leaves.
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Jessica Alzarana has a Bachelor of Music in music composition from the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in music therapy from Texas Woman's University. Alzarana's essays have been published by UNICEF State of the World Children's Report, BootsNAll, Alarana Atelier, eHow, and Travels.