The other day I was at Whole Foods, and the checkout girl was totally confused as to which pepper I had purchased. (For the record, I picked up a 1/8 pound of the one on the far right.) Truth be told, I had no idea which kind I had bought. All I knew was that it was a hot pepper, which is exactly what I told her.
“How do you know it’s hot?” she asked.
And I explained to her what I have learned over time…
The smaller and/or thinner the chile, the hotter the chile.
For instance, bell peppers (top left in the pic above) are very big… and very sweet. Thai chiles (the one on the right) are very small and very skinny, and are like death on the tongue very very spicy. This comes in handy when you’re shopping for chiles at the farmer’s market or grocery store, and you don’t know how spicy a chile will be, without nibbling off a taste right there in the store. (And you don’t want to be THAT person, do you?)
Of course this isn’t scientifically proven, but just my observations over the past few years of cooking.
It’s kind of like the Theory of Relativity Chile-tivity.
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