Native to the Bahamas, the Bahamian Pepper is a type of chili pepper that is commonly used as a seasoning. This pepper is rather small with a length of just over an inch. They vary in color, appearing in yellow, orange, green, and red with a glossy skin. Bahamians are usually round or oblong shaped. This species of pepper grows upright instead of in a downward hanging position. They have an exotic spicy flavor and are rather hot.
The Bahamian pepper is the major crop agriculturally on many of the Islands of the Bahamas. The peak months for growth are October and November; however, they are grown throughout the entire year. Growing the Bahamian peppers requires the use of a great amount of space. To avoid the chance of inbreeding, the pepper plants must be 600 feet or more away from other varieties of peppers. This isolation aids in maintaining the genetic purity of the peppers.
When preparing these peppers, individuals should practice cautionary measures to prevent irritation of the skin. Gloves should be used to avoid irritation of the hands. Although this type of pepper is not as pungent as others, it still causes an uncomfortable burning sensation. The irritation is easily transferred from the hands to other areas of the body, such as the eyes. When eaten, most individuals experience a tremendous amount of burning in the mouth, throat, and stomach. This occurs with the consumption of nearly all chili peppers.
To treat the irritation that occurs with contact, persons can first try water. Water does not usually provide much relief. The chemical compound, Capsaicin, that causes the burning sensation, is not water soluble. Products, that work the best, have a high fat content. Those suffering with mouth, throat, and stomach irritation should drink milk or eat ice cream. Milk can also be used to wash irritated skin. Burning of the skin will also benefit from the use of vegetable oil, petroleum jelly, or baby shampoo. By exercising extreme care, any irritation of the skin can easily be avoided. In some rare cases, a few individuals have also experienced smothering, shortness of breath, coughing, and bronchial tube inflammation. All of the effects from contact usually subside within sixty minutes.
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