Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!
The other day, I wrote about a culinary delight we partake of here at the Campfire.
I discovered I was not alone in these undertakings!
So, in follow-up, the Thirteen Year Veteran of Life and I tried a small portion of the world’s hottest peppers in the raw state. These are the Scorpion Pepper and the Carolina Reaper.
We are both aware of what a hot pepper can do to the digestive system so we elected not to be too stupid.
My son did not have much of a taste reaction other than the normal burning sensation and a runny nose. Immediately he had a lasting stomach ache, so I am glad we made smart choices in portions. I see we are not the only ones.
For me, exposure to capsicum is more than a friendly rivalry with my son, who is mostly unaffected from the neck up.
Herb Thiel from Haps with Herb had this to say:
We use pepper spray as a tool in the prison and I need to function effectively when it is deployed so I expose myself to peppers fairly often. Usually, it is by consumption.
Because it was a special occasion, ( I am not sure why) I did choose to rub diced portions of the Carolina Reaper all over my hands. They swelled and burned immediately, but I did not blister.
Inevitably, I touched my face and had to use the restroom. It doesn’t feel that great.
So, If you ever want to feel like red ants are biting you all over for several hours, go ahead and give it a whirl. Even after washing my hands thoroughly, my body continued to cook.
We did cook the peppers into a sauce but let me clarify; The flavor just isn’t there for us.
That said, we low simmered onion, garlic, lime, and the peppers.
My reaction to slicing onions was more to write home about than eating a bit of Reaper. I know it would have been worse had I eaten more, but I was expecting this from peppers, not onion.
The only thing I would have changed is squeezing the lime over including the peels. It imparted a bitter taste.
The steam that this concoction gave off made the nose run, caused coughing, and burned the eyes.
Like I stated above, the spice of the pepper overwhelmed everything but the bitterness of the lime peel. It literally tasted like lava death. (Wait… That is figuratively)
We manned up and tried it, and in small portions could tolerate it. I think because we handle spicy on a regular basis, it was a little anti-climactic. I mean, after a certain point, fire is fire, unless…. It’s Brother’s Campfire