Q: Dear Dave,
A long time ago, a Mexican friend told me that in order to ensure that your jalapeño pepper is fiery hot, you should roll it between your hand and the table, being careful not to break the pepper open, then let it sit for 30 minutes. I have used this method extensively and it works almost every time. Have you heard of this, and if so, will it work with any hot pepper?
A: Hello Terry:
This technique works for any small chile if the pod is fairly hot to begin with. You are not increasing the capsaicin in the pod but merely spreading it around more evenly to make previously mild parts, like the apex end, hotter. Yes, it should work with any small pod. It would be difficult with a large poblano.–Dave