Chili peppers such as the jalapeno, poblano, serrano, Bird's Eye and searingly hot habernero are all fruit of the Capsicum plant. Amazingly, there are over 50,000 varieties of chilies in the world - each one with its own distinct flavor and level of heat. Whenever you cook with chilies, use gloves if you can or wash your hands thoroughly after handling them. Be sure to understand the level of heat of the variety you are cooking with and if use a little chili to start with, adding more with a measured hand as you taste your dish There's no going back if you've added too much! Try adding a touch of chili to desserts. In particular, chili pairs well with vanilla and chocolate and also strawberry and tropical fruits such as mango and pineapples.