Clocking at a massive 2.2 million on the heat Scoville scale, the Carolina Reaper has a sweet, fruity taste. When you first bite into one of these peppers (if you're brave enough to do so), you'll taste these flavours before the spiciness. Some people detect hints of cinnamon and even chocolate. When the fruity flavour passes, you'll start to feel the intense burn that only the Carolina Reaper can deliver.
How does one use such a super-hot pepper? Hot sauce is a favourite way to consume the Carolina Reaper. If you really like your heat, you can cook with the whole pepper. Carolina Reapers also make great pepper flakes and are the perfect ingredient for dry
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Clocking at a massive 2.2 million on the heat scoville scale, the Carolina Reaper has a sweet, fruity flavour with a mega heat hit! Due to their intense heat, only part of the pepper is needed at a time to give a big flavour and fieriness to a dish.
Carolina Reapers are squattier and more textured than their ancestors the Red Habanero and Ghost Pepper. Every Carolina Reaper has a long, thin branch at the bottom of the pod, which is known as “the scorpion’s tail” due to its resemblance to a stinger. These peppers typically have a diameter of three-fourths-inch to one-and-a-half inches.
The original Carolina Reaper was red, and this remains the most common colour today. However, chocolate, yellow, and peach Carolina Reapers also exist. Even red peppers will start out as green and turn orange before becoming a deep red. Through each three of these phases, the pepper's flavour and heat will increase. So, if you pick your pepper while it's still orange (and eat it before it turns red), it won't carry the same pungent heat as red pepper.
If you don't normally eat spicy foods, it's probably not a great idea to go straight for a Carolina Reaper. Instead, ease yourself into eating the Carolina Reaper by trying more mild peppers like the jalapeno first. But if you're experimenting and discover you can't take the heat, a glass of milk should help you recover.
All chillies contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation, and helping with weight loss.
Some people are concerned that because the Carolina Reaper is so hot, it could actually kill them. This is false. Although eating a Carolina Reaper causes your pain receptors to react as if you are experiencing pain, it's only an illusion. The Reaper won't do any damage unless you have an allergy or an ulcer. You should not have a problem eating the Carolina Reaper unless you know that spicy foods and hot peppers negatively affect your health.
Star anise, is a star-shaped fruit that is considered an essential ingredient in Chinese duck and pork recipes. Its licorice-like flavour is similar to that of aniseed and fennel It has a sweet warm, clovey, liquorice flavour, and deep aroma. Used to add flavour to tea, soups, stir-fries and curries, while the ground star anise is a dominant ingredient in Chinese five-spice powder.
Black Pepper is picked from the flowering vine of the peppercorn plant and is the most pungent and flavourful variety of Pepper. Black peppercorns are picked green and then dried to 12% moisture content. The whole peppercorn is great to use in grinders. It has a woody flavour with a spicy heat. Pepper is used in all cultures and all types of cuisine. Also, it is known for improving digestion.
Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries picked green from the peppercorn plant, it is the same vine that produces the black pepper. Green peppercorns are subtler in flavour than black peppercorns but have a distinct fresh hot bite. They can be used in many savory dishes and are tend to be used more for terrines, pates, or rich food like pork & duck. It is also used as a garnish and in the pepper mill mix.
Rosemary is a large Mediterranean shrub with needle-like leaves and with a strong lemony pine aroma and pungent flavour. It is mostly used in French, Spanish, and Italian cuisines especially when cooking lamb and chicken. It is a key ingredient in the French blend Herbs de Provence. It has many health benefits and also it has been used for medicinal purposes.
Sage leaves are from a small perennial herb native to the Mediterranean, that have greyish green leaves. It has a strong, astringent, sweet savoury and peppery flavour and a fresh aroma reminiscent of balsamic. It is an essential herb for pork and poultry stuffing. Commonly used in Italian cooking, particularly with veal. Also, it is good with cheese dishes, eggplant, lame, soups, stews, turkey and vegetables.
Our Smoky BBQ rub is a must have for any cook passionate about grilling. We came up with this blend with the idea of having it as a staple on-hand spice mix in the pantry for whatever occasion strikes. Whether it be roasting potatoes or grilling meat let this blend do all the flavour work for you!