Friday, December 10, 2010
Hottest Chili Created
I am not sure what one would do with breeding up the world’s hottest chili, unless there is a defense contract there somewhere. Even then this sounds like over kill.
Anyway he got it up to 1,359,000 Scoville when everyone is gasping at several thousand a most.
Once again we have solution in search of a problem and surely it is a winner of purely useless product improvements. Somehow saying enjoy is a scary idea.
World’s hottest pepper is ‘hot enough to strip paint’
Fiery food mavens seeking to one-up each other now have to gear up for a whole new test of culinary bravado: the world's hottest chili pepper. Yes, the Naga Viper,…
Posted By Brett Michael Dykes, Fri, 3 Dec 3:48 PM
Fiery food mavens seeking to one-up each other now have to gear up for a whole new test of culinary bravado: the world's hottest chili pepper.
Yes, the Naga Viper, the latest claimant to the world's-hottest-pepper crown, outdistances its predecessor, the Bhut Jolokia, or "ghost chili," by more than 300,000 points on the famous Scoville scale of tongue-scorching chili hotness. Researchers at
Naga Viper found that it measures 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which rates heat by tracking the presence
of a chemical compound. In comparison, most varieties of jalapeño peppers
measure in the 2,500 to 5,000 range -- milder than the Naga Viper by a factor
of 270. Warwick
You might think the Naga Viper would hail from some part of the world with a strong demand for spicy food, such as
But the new pepper is actually the handiwork of Gerald Fowler, a British chili
farmer and pub owner, who crossed three of the hottest peppers known to man --
including the Bhut Jolokia -- to create his Frankenstein-monster chili. Mexico
"It's painful to eat," Fowler told the Daily Mail. "It's hot enough to strip paint." Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that defense researchers are already investigating the pepper's potential uses as a weapon.
But Fowler -- who makes customers sign a waiver declaring that they're of sound mind and body before trying a Naga Viper-based curry -- insists that consuming the fiery chili does the body good.
"It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down," he told the paper. "It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it's a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great."
A member of the Clifton Chili Club -- a group of Brits who travel around sampling chilis -- decided to try one of Fowler's Naga Vipers on camera. You can watch his less-than-pleasurable experience here.