I've been a chili head most of my life and enjoy spicy food. I draw the line at idiots trying to prove they can eat stupidly spicy food, where you can't actually taste the food for all of the heat. How do you feel about spicy food?
I've heard of Carolina Reaper, but not California Reaper. I have a pure Carolina Reaper chili powder, which is used quite sparingly as well as Ghost chilis (Bhut Jolokia). The friutiest chili pepper I've ever used is the habanero. I love this salsa:I do love spicy food (hot chilli taste) but I agree with the original post that it should not be overpowered you should have the taste of the food balanced with spices.
That said, I grow the hottest peppers (California Reapers, Bhut Jolokia etc..) in my garden and planning to make some super hot sauces this season.
yes, it was a typo, I meant Carolina Reaper.
Before the spice trade we in Europe had onions through the romans, and lots of salt, green herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, basil, mint, chives), juniper berries, honey and lemon to add to dishes. Also smoked dishes were pretty common.Yes, and I wonder how food in Europe tasted like before discovery of America and spice routes