Did you know natural pesticides bring flavor to the table?


Many plant species including coffee, tea, black pepper, and chili peppers produce chemicals as a natural insecticide. The substances, including caffeine, theine, piperine (black pepper) and capsaicin (which makes peppers hot) are naturally produced by plants to protect against insects.

Interestingly these same chemicals are much enjoyed as flavors and fragrances in our daily lives. In some countries, these proprieties are also used as natural remedies to keep pests away from homes, including for example use of pepper, vanilla, garlic, onion, lavender, and cinnamon. Naturally occurring pesticides have also inspired chemists to learn from nature and make synthetic versions as pesticides to protect crops