I’m Not Hot about this, but Someone IS!!!

There are many things that I associate with the word ridiculous crazy insane stupid:  riding bicycles on paths that go on the edge of cliffs / mountains, putting your head in an alligator’s mouth, skateboarding down a small pipe rail when not wearing any protection.  Those fit, I think.  However, now, I can add one more little piece to this list of stupid things:  eating one of the green peppers reputed to be among the very hottest in the world.  Then, to top that list item as soon as it is made – eating a red variety after swallowing the green one.

I am not a hot peppers expert.  Since my stroke, I can eat hot peppers and, actually, somewhat enjoy the flavor.  However, I am no expert on it.  I used Google and here is a condensation of some of the facts:

They range from:

Bell Pepper – There are not hot.  I love these peppers.  Stuffed with Rice, Tomato Sauce, and Rice – Wow!

Cherry Pepper – On the Scoville Heat Index, the babies are a very mild at 500.  I didn’t know there was a measurement table for this.  These, apparently, are used a lot for the red parts inside olives.   Hmm, well, I love those, too, then.

Anaheim Pepper – Same scale, these can measure from 1,000 – 5, 000.  This is still considered pretty mild.

Jalapeno Pepper – Measuring 2,000 – 8,000, these babies are what the US seems to love.  When something says “Jalapeno” flavor, I tend to avoid it.  Not so much now, but boy did I have a lot to learn.

Serrano Pepper – Okay, now, at 10,000-25,000, we are getting to the hot peppers.  The article I read said, the smaller ones are usually the hottest ones.

Cayenne Pepper – 25,000-50,000 on the SHI scale, these peppers are usually dried and used in powder form and are a good healing herb.  I take a daily liquid supplement herb that has Indian Tobacco ( I am told this is Cayenne) in it.  10 drops under my tongue held for 10 seconds tends to heat my mouth up and swallowing it then with water doesn’t help much for a bit.

Tabasco Pepper – 30,000-60,000.  Now, we are getting hot.   My mother loves Tabasco Sauce.  I know a lot of people who add it to eggs and so on to really spice up their meal.

Thai Pepper – at 50,000-100,000, these peppers make Thai food what it is – hot.  I always have to leave it to mild when I eat Thai and that, sometimes, pushes it.  These are listed as very hot.

Rocoto Pepper – These joys are slightly big in size, about like a bell pepper.  However, don’t mix them up because these pack a punch at 100,000-250,000.

Habanero Pepper – small pink to yellow pepper, at 150,000-350,000, this pepper is listed as one of the hottest peppers in the world.  Not for me.

Ghost Pepper – “Naga Jolokia”  – this is the hottest pepper in the world.  At a staggering SHI of over 1,000,000, even Guinness World records says it is the hottest.  One seed, it is reported, can burn your mouth for up to thirty minutes.  Put differently, it is about 125 times hotter than a Jalapeno.

(Above info gleaned from this article: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/805359/types-of-hot-peppers)

According to Wiki, the next level of pepper is 2 or more times stronger and is the stuff “pepper spray” is made of (yeah, drink that one down!)


That was a good introduction to heat in peppers.  While you don’t need to read the article below, I insist suggest strongly would like it that you watch the 8-9 minute YouTube clip contained in the article.  This idiot person gets one of these top peppers and eats a green and a red one!  I didn’t know whether to laugh or gag.  This is what prompted this post.


And this is the video of the idiot man:

“hottest” post I have ever done!



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  • Fun post! I spend too much time on YouTube watching videos of idiots eating hot peppers. My all time favorites are Habanero Hero, and one with a guy in the military…but there are many good ones to choose from. Unfortunately that will be my only experience with hot peppers. While I like spice, if it’s hot enough to work up a sweat, or make me cry or throw up, nope. I’m not eating it. 🙂


  • Cayman Thorn  On March 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I have been throwing myself deeper into the hot spice, as if a submariner moving lungs hardy into the Marianna trench. Not ready to take on the Scovilles just yet. Maybe some day.


    • kindredspirit23  On March 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Just don’t do what the guy in the video did. I consider him at the lower end of the IQ scale now.


      • Cayman Thorn  On March 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        No, you’re right. Not going there. There’s adventurous and then there’s that. ‘That’ requires a more intimate knowledge of ER personnel than I am comfortable with.


  • bert0001  On March 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    My ex played with the Rocottos. She made me resilient. These days I cut up 3 dried cayennes with scissors and put that in nearly every dish that has to feel spicy.
    In Surinam they have something that you don’t feel at first, but after you finish your food, you start to feel an after burn on lips, hands and of course in mouth and body that lasts up to half an hour. That’s how they sell beer I think.


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