Chile peppers are grown all over the world. In 2004, there were 20,420 metric tons of chile peppers produced worldwide. The World's largest producer of chile peppers is China at 9,231 metric tons, followed closely by Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United States.
Around the world chile peppers are eaten as a fresh vegetable, canned, frozen and dried. Their uses have become as diverse as their color, shape and heat levels. Chili peppers are also used as spice, ornaments, medicine and even currency.
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