Pepper Plant
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Is there a pepper that boosts or intensifies the burn/heat of others?

Zone 42129 | rsheppard146 added on July 23, 2019 | Answered

Is there a pepper that boosts or intensifies the burn/heat of others? on 7-22-19 a friend dropped off some peppers Jalapeno and some small variety (UNKNOWN) by by themselves neither pepper was off charts when mixed the heat/burn/sting was very close to the Habanero Characteristics.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on July 23, 2019

I can't find any research on the subject, and am unaware of anything like this ever occurring.

I can offer some solutions as to what may have happened, though.

When trying both peppers, in order to get a good indication of its heat, you should taste a seed of each. This will give you a good indication of the heat of the peppers. The tip, alone if bitten, may not be hot at all. This means that the heat won't be noticed until you eat more of the pepper.

Another guess is that maybe the heat differs between peppers. Even with the same variety, there can be quite a difference in how much heat each individual pepper will produce.

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