Will it remove or reduce the capsaicin content?

Is there a part of the chilli I can remove to reduce or remove the capsaicin content?

Btw I know that you can use less chilli, use milder ones or bell peppers, however I'm wondering what part of the pepper the capsaicin lies in and if we can move it from a hotter pepper.

  • You can use less chillies and substitute some for milder peppers, say, Pepperoni, Ramiro, or even bell peppers.
    – SF.
    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:08
  • no the part that has more capsain its found in the white tissue called "placenta" thats the chilis heat source... so removing the seeds wont really help at all to reduce heat. Nov 20, 2019 at 5:57
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    You can watch some cooking videos on youtube or the tele. You can learn some stuff.
    – Johannes_B
    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:12
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    I don't mean to be unkind by saying this, far from it, and I understand your desire to understand. I reckon you'd learn a lot more about cooking by doing more cooking and less thinking about it. Most cooking is closer to art than to science, and getting a feel for it is more important than trying to perfect a set of ratios. Starting from recipes, tweaking them once you know what to expect (and possibly to reduce heat if you want to err on the mild side) is a good way to start.
    – Chris H
    Nov 20, 2019 at 8:08
  • @ChrisH well I have been cooking - a lot of it, like science experiments. However it makes sense to spend your time and efforts cooking with an educated approach. Can you imagine if I wasted a pot of curry removing seeds to test heat reduction? Now that I know the answer, I won't have to! Nov 21, 2019 at 1:02

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You remove the seeds for texture. You remove the white pith to reduce the capsaicin content. That way you can get the benefit of the flavour of various peppers while managing the heat.

From the "Wiki page" on Capsacin:

Capsaicin is present in large quantities in the placental tissue (which holds the seeds), the internal membranes and, to a lesser extent, the other fleshy parts of the fruits of plants in the genus Capsicum. The seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall, where the seeds are attached.[5]

  • Good Find. I knew that answer but had no proof to support it. Nov 20, 2019 at 8:53
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