HOT PEPPERS: Hot Weather Makes For Hotter Peppers
Crops across the country are suffering because of the drought, but there’s one crop that’s benefiting from it.
Peppers, like jalapenos and habaneros, actually like this weather.
Long, hot days make for smaller peppers smaller, but it also causes the peepers to produce more capsaicin. That’s the chemical that gives them their kick, and it’s usually found in the seeds.
Brian Allen, a pepper farmer said, “They contain a great deal of heat as far as your tongue goes so you should remove the seeds and also that white fleshy lining also contains some heat.”
Some restaurants say they’re even changing their recipes to accommodate for the extra heat in the peppers.