I made salsa last night. I was drowning in peppers we’ve grown out in the garden (along with cucumbers and squash that I’ve been giving away as much as I could). Yet I’ve only been able to harvest one tomato. One. That is sad–but I know enough about gardening I can blame it entirely on the weather. I’m still hoping.

My mom sent me a few tomatoes, and I bough a few more (they are cheap right now, even if I can’t grow any) plus some onions and garlic. I got out the food processor and made tons cups of homemade salsa, with help from Joe. I cut up a jalapeno and put it in, and later had a small cut on my finger and licked it. Advice for the day–jalapeno peppers are hot and make everything they contact with hot. My mouth and lips were burning. Milk took away the mouth, but the lips kept burning and burning. It eventually went away–but most of the jalapeno peppers were not used. Neither Joe and I like too spicy stuff anyway.

Later that night, Joe went to take his contacts out and discovered that even after hand washing, the japeno hotness remained. His eyes were bloodshot for a while, and he lost a pair of contacts due to persistent jalapeno juice.

Joe and I were wondering what made peppers hot, thinking it was some sort of acid. I’ve looked it up and it’s actually the opposite. Here’s an explanation, “Capsaicin is an extremely powerful and stable alkaloid produced as a crystal by glands at the junction of the pepper’s placenta and pod walls, according to Dave DeWitt, known as the “Pope of Pepper” and publisher of Fiery Foods & BBQ magazine. The chemical is found only in chili peppers.”


5 thoughts on “Salsa

  1. cwalk64 says:

    Your experience reminds me of why I let Clarissa make my salsa. She had a bad cut on her finger last time she made it, put gloves on to help protect it but still felt much pain. By the way did the salsa taste good?


  2. Becki Kanigan says:

    Sorry about the contacts Joe, but that is pretty funny in a way. 🙂 Where did you guys have room for your garden? If you have any advise on growing food in humidity and red soil let me know. I haven’t had any luck with anything I’ve planted this year. Love you guys!


  3. superlizdee says:

    Our garden is at the community garden (that’s part of my work at the Extension). Humidity I have no idea–that’s not a problem here. Shouldn’t be too much of a problem except with an increase of diseases. Usually the best thing you can do with soil is a)add lots of compost or b)make raised planter beds.


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