UMaine researchers breed variety of non-spicy hot peppers

A variety of hot peppers at the farm store at the Avalon Acres Orchard and Farm in St. Albans.
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A variety of hot peppers at the farm store at the Avalon Acres Orchard and Farm in St. Albans. Buy Photo
Posted July 10, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine researchers say they’ve developed a new hot pepper without the heat.

They worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to breed a new variety of pepper at a facility in Georgia.

They say this new pepper has the same health benefits of hot peppers but without the spice that turns many people away.

Hot peppers are considered a rich source of antioxidants.

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