Do you like a little heat in your food? Native to the Americas, indigenous people were using peppers to flavor their meals hundreds of years ago. When Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic, he quickly discovered the joys of spicy peppers and brought them back to Europe. Our Paul Robins says there’s another fellow you can thank for making peppers popular. Wilbur Scoville is the American who came up with a scale that tells consumers just how hot those peppers are.