Fresh Habaneros...

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  1. StratUp

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    My time in the Southwest greatly raised my tolerance for hot pepper varieties... along with my need for ever hotter food. Like a drug addict, but without the financial and "killing yourself" downside.

    Stores there have a nice variety even it you can't grow your own. Peppers.
     
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    Introduction to habaneros: Wife and I spent a night in DuBois, Wyoming on vacation. We dined at a cool little BBQ place. We were served with a bowl of habaneros and advised that they were "pretty hot".

    We were both accustomed to eating jalapeno peppers and thought we could handle "hot". In Asian restaurants we'd order "spicy" with 4 on a 5 scale.

    We both ordered BBQ pork sandwiches. I took one pepper and sliced it up into small pieces that I spread carefully on the sandwich. I took one bite and said "Fuego" (fire) to my wife. She didn't heed my warning, though she knew Spanish, and just picked the pepper up and took a bite. Her eyes immediately teared up and she was reaching for the water with sweat on her forehead; one glass of water wasn't enough and we didn't know enough to order milk. About 5 minutes later, she was able to eat her sandwich.
     
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  3. StratoMutt

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    As much as I love super hots, fresh Jalapeños are my favorite. So versatile. Let ‘em turn red before picking!
     
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    Believe it or not..
    They all have individual flavors...
     
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    Anyone try a Guatemalan Insanity Pepper?

    You know, The Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango... grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum.

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    Cheap whiskey works better than water...
     
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    I find it hard to enjoy food when my lips are on fire...
     
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    Oh do they! The easiest way I have found to taste stupid hots is to add a tiny amount to a relatively bland food like oatmeal. There is a suggestion of heat along with their signature flavor.
     
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    I never get the two ends. Once the fire is out in my mouth I’m ok from then on out. No digestive distress.
     
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    :D Did not see that episode. Trinidad is home to many of the hottest.

    Stupid hots are generally safe to handle if they are intact, even dried ones.
     
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    One I don't like is jalapenos. They don't have enough heat to be worthwhile and they taste poisonously bitter.
     
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    I don't get any discomfort until the next morning... then I'm looking for a snow cone.
     
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    Just made an improvised Jerk coating for frozen chicken strips. Started with a garlic clove, two habaneros and this stuff: https://www.spicesinc.com/p-151-jamaican-jerk-seasoning.aspx The jar states brown and turbinado sugar...

    Spices Inc. is a good source for dried pods if you want to play.

    Other sources:

    https://ghostpepperstore.com/

    http://bakerspeppers.com/

    https://www.sonoranspice.com/

    All finely diced with some EVOO to make it more spreadable. Om nom nom... Pleasingly hot without over doing it.

    Yes, these are not especially hot Habaneros. Two properly hot in this spread would have intolerable to chop like that and really stupid to eat.

    ?? Try 'em red.
     
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    Never had that issue.
     
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    I have PAS. Pod Acquisition Syndrome. I have it bad. wavebye.gif At least they are affordable enough.

    Just looked at https://ghostpepperstore.com/ and saw two hot dried varieties I've never tried before; Datil and Chocolate Habaneros. I grew Chocolate Habs one year and they were magnificent. Probably the hottest of the Habanero varieties. Placed an order.

    I have one of those vacuum seal bag gadgets, so I can store and refrigerate dried pods and keep them fresher much longer. If you can smell them in storage, you are losing flavor and aromatics.
     
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    of all places, at the Shaker Village gift shop in Canterbury NH I found a Maple Habanero spice mix that was absolutely delicious. Been meaning to go there again and get some more. Fascinating place. Great summer time afternoon trip.
     
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