a pile of spicy red chili peppers
How To Actually Cut The Spice Out Of A Pepper
To reduce the spiciness of peppers, it's not enough to just remove the seeds. The true source of heat lies in the placenta, or pith, which contains most of the pepper's capsaicin.
The placenta connects to the capsaicin glands, the rib that runs through the pepper. The seeds hang off this section, so some assume plucking the seeds removes heat.
Sometimes, removing the seeds will result in the peeling of the placental structure, meaning the capsaicin glands are often taken out, as well.
To remove the spice, start by cutting off the stem and then either slicing it in half or leaving it intact before deseeding and removing the placenta membrane using a spoon.