Stressing Chiles Makes Them Hotter

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Q:  Hi Dave,Recently at a dinner engagement I said that the chiles will produce more capsaicin if grown in an adverse environment, the more adverse the hotter the chiles.  A friend differed with me and said that it was genetic. What is the correct reason for the heat in chiles?Kind regards,Michael A:  Hello Michael:We now believe the heat level is dependent …

Heat Scale: African Fatali & White Bullet

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Q:  Dear Dave,Has the heat level in the African Fatali or the White Bullet been tested yet? I believe they are as hot as the Red Savina.–Darrell  A:  Hello Darrell:They probably have been tested somewhere, but I don’t have the results in my files.  I agree with you, however.–Dave

Increasing Tolerance for Spicy Foods

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Q:  Hi Dave,I will be moving to Thailand in a few months and would like to increase my tolerance for spicy foods before I go. So my question is this: Is the increase in the amount of capsaicin that I can tolerate caused by repeated and increased exposure of spicy foods on the tongue, or in the digestive tract? If …

Why Chiles Make Us Sweat

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Q:  Dear Dave,I have a fairly flavorless question Dave:  Why do we sweat (especially around the eyes) when we use a potent hot pepper sauce?Thank you, Cameron. A:  Hello Cameron:The capsaicin in chiles is perceived by the body as a poison that must be removed, so the result of eating hot stuff is gustatory rhinitis (runny nose) and gustatory perspiration (sweating).–Dave

Do Green Chiles Get Hotter as They Turn Red?

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Q:  Hi Dave,We have an office dispute here…  Do green chiles (New Mexico) get hotter as they turn red?  Is there a heat difference in the "heat" of a green chile dried on the plant vs. those dried by hanging or other methods?Thanks a fiery bunch,Randy A:  Hello Randy:The amount of capsaicin in the pods does not increase as the pods …