Leonhart Fuchs - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri
Leonhart Fuchs

LEONHART FUCHS

NEW KREUTERBUCH, 1543

The chili pepper was imported to Europe shortly before the release of the herbal.

Fuchs informs us that this plant cannot tolerate any frost. It must be kept in the house during the winter, and then it will bear fruit again the following summer. He had tried this successfully himself.

Although Fuchs associates the origin of the plant with the new continent of America with the name "Indian", he attempts to equate the Indian Pepper with the descriptions of ancient as well as Arabic authors – in spite of his disdain for Arabic medicine.