When you have a family member that is seriously ill, it seems you get all sorts of healing advice. Kind and loving people really do care and are often very happy to help. Today a neighbor brought an assortment of peppers that she felt would improve his quality of life. I would imagine she spent a pretty penny because she had a wide variety. While I graciously accepted her offer, I asked that she only gives us a few and keep the rest for herself and others because we certainly couldn’t use them all.
Here are a few examples of the peppers she thought would be helpful. The first one she showed us was the Scotch Bonnet Pepper. She stated that they have a Scoville Rating of 80,000 – 100,000 SHU. That meant nothing to me, so I had to go searching.
Here is what I found “The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spiciness or “heat”) of chili peppers and other spicy foods, as recorded in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on the concentration of capsaicinoids, among which capsaicin is the predominant component.”
I was thinking about his very tender stomach and realized that this may not be an option for him. I didn’t want to discourage her kindness. I agreed to take two of these.
I wonder if that was the right thing to do because I doubt they will ever be eaten. I told her that we couldn’t really take any more until we checked with the doctor. I hope that was the right decision.