It’s the chemical heat in a pepper. It deserves your respect.

It was a surprising question at a Vietnamese restaurant.jalapeño

Of course I wanted the jalapeño on my Banh Mi sandwich.*

At the first bite, I understood. This was no ordinary jalapeño. Extraordinary heat.

I went about scraping out the seeds and white ribs, the presumed culprits, using my right hand, returning the green pepper rings to the sandwich.

It was still spicy, but delicious.

But you know that warning you’ve heard.

The one that advises to not touch your eye after handling hot peppers ?

Believe it.


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56 Responses to Capsaicin

  1. Elyse says:

    I say from experience: Ouch!

  2. The V Pub says:

    I can only have spicy food with a cold beer. Do you remember this scene from “along came Polly”?

  3. Oh, my, I believe you! Just touching your face can be bad!

  4. Ohhhh…I pickle a couple of jars of jalapenos each fall. Don’t blow your nose either! I feel your pain!

  5. kingmidget says:

    So, I’ve learned through some very painful experiences … the spice stays on your fingers for hours afterwards too. In the category of TMI, I won’t share the details, but let’s just say some experiences that were supposed to be pleasurable turned out not to be not quite so pleasant. Hours after I had sliced a jalapeno for dinner. I’ve learned my lesson. I slice a jalapeno, I wash my hands with soap and water.

  6. I KNOW. Been there, done that! Yikes. At least the sandwich was delicious 😀

  7. Oh oh…
    I cook with it all the time and keep forgetting, touching nothing face and eyes.
    But, it’s worth it.

  8. By nothing I meant (my)

  9. Spicy and delicious. I’m all over that!

  10. Scout says:

    Oh I SO remember making that mistake (touching the eyes) when I first began making salsa about 35 years ago! And I had washed my hands several times. The oils linger! 😮

  11. please don’t tell me you touched your eye? Wow spicy

  12. Val Boyko says:

    I believe it is a right of passage!

  13. Bradley says:

    My eyes hurt just from thinking about it. Ouch!

  14. nancyruth says:

    Ow! It is so easy to forget NOT to do natural movements, like rubbing your eye. Glad it is better.

  15. I like hot, but not that hot Van! ❤
    Diana xo

  16. Antonia says:

    I have been there and it seems to stay on your hands for hours. Hot peppers are yummy though!

  17. Ouch! I feel my eyes tingle as I read this.

  18. George says:

    Ohhhhh nooo…….
    That must have stung..:)

  19. TanGental says:

    At uni, in my first flat share my flat mate made a chilli dish, con carne probably and I experienced it for the first time. Took my breathe away. I put my half eaten plate on the floor and the cat pounced. He too hadn’t experienced anything quite like this explosion of pain and spent the next few hours supine on the floor mewling and trying to scrape his tongue with his paws. I sympathised. I’m used to them now but they still seem bloody unnatural things to ingest

    • I grew up watching father and brothers challenging each other to eat the hottest peppers. Crying, sweating…I never got it, thought it was some kind of rite of manhood. As I got older, I appreciated the “heat”.☺ But, oh, that poor cat scraping his tongue. Thanks for sharing, Geoff.

  20. Laura says:

    Yes!! The last jalapeño I handled tore my eye up SIX HOURS later & after 3 hand washings. Peppers don’t play…

  21. joey says:

    I understand and am sorry for your suffering. I wear gloves to cook with peppers, but I’m still not thoughtful enough to keep tiger balm out of my eye (Yes, Moo, I will rub your shoulder, and Oh I’m so sleepy, and OMG my eye is on FIRE!) and I must admit to forgetting about my hangnail when squeezing lemons last week. I really am old enough to know better!

    • I don’t know much about tiger balm (but thanks for the warning☺). That lemon, however. I constantly knick my fingers, and don’t find out until I squeeze lemon into my water the next morning. Ouch.

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