I have a friend who was like the Californian and a bunch of years ago I grew what is now known a Chilitepin. It's about the size of a pea and football shaped and really hot but nothing even close to a reaper. I told him it was a 3 biter but he put then whole thing in his mouth and chewed it up. These pepper are not immediately hot, it takes a few seconds before the hot kicks in. He literally could not breathe, tears ran down his cheeks and he jumped up and ran to the kitchen and did the worst possible thing. He tried to stop the heat with water.I can eat a Habanero but not a Carolina Reaper - they are fricken hot... But I like to make homemade hot sauces!
A few months ago I made some Diablo hot-sauce (Chile de Arbol) and brought some to a breakfast meeting I used to go to. I offered samples to some folks - most declined - but one young fellow from Texas said he liked hot and asked to try some on his scrambled eggs. He was smart, he didn't go overboard, and half way through his eggs he - took a break from eating - but he did finally resume and finish his breakfast, with a little sweat on his brow.
As I was about to leave, this guy from California walks in (everyone knows him), and he asked about my hot sauce and whether he could try some - I said "sure, but its very hot." He acted like mehhh, no problem. I said "are you sure?" He said yeah...
So I opened the jar and he sunk a teaspoon in and covered his eggs in hot sauce. I was like 'WHOW - DO YOU THINK YOU ARE SUPERMAN OR SOMETHING? THAT STUFF IS HOT!!!" He brushed me off and went and sat down. I screwed the cap back on and stood there and watched...
I wish I had a camera. The look on his face when he took his first fork full - I have to be honest, it cracks me us just writing/telling the story even now. He must have thought it was Pace Picante sauce but when it hit his mouth it looked like he ate plutonium. Then, of all things, he picks up his cup off hot black coffee and tries to wash it down. Only a Californian (no offense to anyone - but if you knew the guy)...
He stood up, picked up his plate, started walking to the garbage can with it and says to me as he walks past, "Why would anyone make anything that hot?"
I said "hey, I warned ya."
I cut a Carolina Reaper in 8ths last year, then cut a piece in half and ate it - I'll never do that again, but they do make some kick-butt hot sauce!
Hot sauce is good for your heart and circulation - raises metabolism. Learned to love it when I lived in Hawaii and had some Cambodian and Thai friends.
Roundup attack? Explain what happened and if you could send pictures. Maybe I can helpI had lots of trouble this year - with everything!
I just brought a few habaneros in before the birds get them. They're small but extremely hot, for habaneros... The Ghost and Carolina Reapers are growing, but I doubt that I will get many based on the RoundUp attack they suffered early this year. Nevertheless - I need to get over to Lowe's and get some bird netting to string over them.
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