Last night, I unwittingly bought some habenero peppers when I was shopping for ingredients for Afghan Chicken. They tasted hot, but not too hot, when I nibbled a couple of small pieces. I cut them up with my bare hands. By the time that I was finished, my fingers felt as if they had been burned! As if I had burned them with steam or something. It took several hours for the pain to go away. Fortunately, I didn’t rub my eyes or more delicate mucous membranes, while I still had the habenero oils on my skin.
The chicken itself was fine: not too spicy. The cooked-up onion marinade had a definite burn, but adding fresh yogurt kept it manageable for the spice wimps.
I’ll pay more attention to what I’m buying in future.