It’s what’s for dinner

By Razib Khan | November 2, 2012 11:33 pm

  • brian bettencourt

    Those yellow ones are the “hot lemon” variety! I grew them this summer… Dried them because they were too abundant (and too spicy) for much fresh eating… What are you going to do with yours?

  • Andrew Selvarasa

    Does everybody in your family have the same level of spice tolerance? I could see some neat within-family genetic analysis there…

  • Evan Guiney

    Just curious, and taking the “It’s what’s for dinner” angle (too?) seriously. How many calories is a plate like that? Is that an appetizer, or will you be full when you’re done?

  • Razib Khan

    #1, i eat 6-10 hot lemons at a time with a savory course.

    #4, yeah, i won’t eat all of this. the issue is that i can handle it on my tongue probably, but my stomach has a lower threshold, and the lower reaches of my alimentary system is even more sensitive. so the ‘rate limiting step’ is ’24 hours laterr.’

    #3, no, i’ve developed a very high tolerance, partly by living alone and eating by myself in my 20s.

  • lilibat

    Yes, please. Beautiful!

    A friend grew Ghosts for me this year, I keep ghost pepper powder in my purse, I can’t get enough of the hot stuff. Funny, it never gives me digestive issues like it does some people.

    Hot peppers are low calorie & spicy food makes you feel full faster, or at least that has been my experience. Also LOTS of vitamin C. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Justin Giancola

    You got problem…

    “Intervention”: Capsaicin Addicts

    “Razib has had his whole lower intestine removed, but continues to eat peppers despite the pleas of his loved ones. He began “mainlining”, with a turkey baster, pure capcaicin when he was 34.

    He currently resides in a hindu temple, where he is belived to be an avatar of the fire god Agni.”

  • ackbark

    And after he’s done with that he eats right through the plate and anything else in front of him.

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  • Mohamed

    Those look so good, but I’ve got a very low tolerance to any spicy food now. But my wife takes these, grinds them up and freezes them for use in chutneys or cooking.

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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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