I like spicy food. I like jalapeños a lot, and I’ll happily scoff down a vindaloo. But then there’s the habanero chili. This seems to be in a different league all together. Looking at their hotness on the Scoville scale, you’ll see they are pretty damned hot. Jalapeños are a maximum of 8,000 thingies; habaneros are a minimum of 100,000. That’s, at the very least, 12.5 times hotter.
Purely for scientific reasons, I wanted to try one. So when I was in a market at the weekend, I bought some habanero chilis. Having seen a teenage boy eat on on YouTube and make all sorts of gruesome faces that looked a bit fake, I was very very curious.
So I ate (half of) one.
And, rather unsurprisingly, it was really really hot. And, in a slightly masochistic way, pleasantly so.