Too hot for gardening….

Posted by on June 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm.

Red savina habanero pepper

Today, the majority of the gardening work has been put on hold, because of the heat. It’s 100 F today. I’m used to the heat, after all I sit in a dry sauna that’s stays at least 180 F, I stay in there for about an hour. I make sure I stay hydrated.

Even so, I decided to do work inside today.

Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be outside and applying the homemade organic insect repellent to another part of the gardening. Hot peppers are back in the mix, but this time I’ve added habanero peppers. Red savina habanero peppers are some of the hottest peppers that you can find,  I believe it’s only nudged out from top ranking by the naga viper chili which was cross bred with three of the hottest peppers.

I use habanero peppers in a variety of dishes including homemade smoothies, and freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, and yes the type I mainly use is red savina. Whenever I work with hot peppers, I make sure I wash my hands after using them, since touching my skin after being in contact with the peppers can cause an unpleasant burning sensation. When I’m working with a lot of habanero’s, for example… when I’m making one of my homemade hot sauces, I always wear a mask to cover my nose, since I don’t want to breathe the fumes. 🙂

I’ve been eating hot peppers raw since I was five years old. My dad would eat them, and since I did a lot of things my father did, I started eating them too.

Currently I have my latest natural insect repellent simmering on the stove, and tomorrow morning, I’ll be adding the mixture into a spray bottle, and making some insects extremely unhappy… since the brew will prevent them from munching on the plants.

And while habanero peppers are hot, and not loved by insects, they have some excellent health benefits too; Such as being high in vitamin C (350% more than an orange). It’s also a great source of vitamin A. They’re also a great source of magnesium, potassium, and iron. Habanero peppers can help clear mucous, and it also contains B9 (folic acid). Several years ago, I’d read some studies that said they’re helpful in preventing heart attacks.  So this tiny little pepper is loaded with health benefits. If you can take the heat…

6 Comments

  • Karen says:

    sorry too hot for your garden – here everything is so dry I’ve given up on keeping the tomatoes alive!
    Karen
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    Opal Reply:

    How frustrating @Karen,

    That happened to us a few years ago. Two days ago we received a heavy downpour. We were appreciative of that, and I’m sure other gardeners and farmers were too.
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  • DragonLady says:

    It’s too hot to do anything! 🙂

    (And to hot to remember all of what I was going to say – lol)

    I am still remembering when I (foolishly) popped on my my thai hot peppers into my mouth. ugh. So my question for the habanero, is it hot from the seeds like jalapeno or is it all throughout hot?
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    Opal Reply:

    It’s all throughout hot @DragonLady, but chomping on the seeds, which I do, make it even hotter.

    The good news is the insects aren’t liking that concoction I made and have left the plants alone. “ll be drying some of the seeds, so I can grow a few inside during the winter months, and plant the remaining (outside) next planting season.
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  • Teeni says:

    I remember my first bite of a habenero pepper. Like you, I have always loved hot spicy things thanks to my father having no boys and getting us girls hooked on them. But my first bite of a habenero was at a country fair and though I liked the hotness, I wasn’t prepared for the dry heat of it. I was used to the hot pickled peppers we always got on our grinders. Anyway, I immediately got the hiccups and had them for the rest of the time we were at the fair. LOL. I

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    Opal Reply:

    That’s a great way to describe the heat @Teeni,
    I’ve pickled them before, of coursing pickling doesn’t seem to take away from its hotness, and that’s fine, I still love them. I can’t remember the first time I ate a habanero though….
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