What is Capsaicin/Handling Hot Peppers

Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers. This component is very irritating for humans it will create a burning sensation on any tissue it comes in contact with.

When you are working with any hot peppers use gloves. When working in large batches it can actually choke you so if that is the case use a mouth cover is sometimes needed.

The fumes from Hot Peppers can be as dangerous an example is it is an ingredient used in pepper spray. 

Capsaicin is what puts the hot in hot peppers. Capsaicin is insoluble in water, it is tasteless and order less a very tricky component. Capsaicin is found in the white cross wall and veins of the pepper. The seeds get their hot from that area of the pod.

Here is a more in depth definition for the hot pepper

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