Via the Waterbury Republican-American, by Tracey O’Shaugnessy —

There was that time in the back seat with his brother. He put a whole one in his mouth. A pepper. Not just any pepper. A Salemme Pepper.

And once the cherry skin of the slender, threadlike pepper reached the tender taste buds and the delicate ridges along the roof of his 28-year-old mouth, Dave Salemme entered another world.

It was, his brother says, like eating fire.

“He turned bright red. He started to sweat. His eyes watered,” said Michael Salemme, 31. “And there’s really nothing you can do at that point. You’re in another world…”

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