Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Pepper 1 million Scoville units

Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Pepper 1 million Scoville units: "'Bhut Jolokia' -- the 'Ghost Chili.'
From the:
Associated Press
updated 5:35 p.m. PT, Fri., Aug. 3, 2007

CHANGPOOL, India - The farmer, a quiet man with an easy smile, has spent a lifetime eating a chili pepper with a strange name and a vicious bite. His mother stirred them into sauces. His wife puts them out for dinner raw, blood-red morsels of pain to be nibbled -- carefully, very carefully -- with whatever she's serving.
Around here, in the hills of northeastern India, it's called the 'bhut jolokia' -- the 'ghost chili.' Anyone who has tried it, they say, could end up an apparition.
'It is so hot you can't even imagine,' said the farmer, Digonta Saikia, working in his fields in the midday sun, his face nearly invisible behind an enormous straw hat. 'When you eat it, it's like dying.'
Outsiders, he insisted, shouldn't even try it.
'If you eat one,' he told a visitor, 'you will not be able to leave this place.'
The rest of the world, though, should prepare itself.
Because in this remote Indian region facing bloody insurgencies, widespread poverty and a major industry -- tea farming -- in deep decline, hope has come in the form of this thumb-sized chili pepper with frightening potency and a superlative rating: the spiciest chili in the world. A few months ago, Guinness World Records made it official.
If you think you've had a hotter chili pepper, you're wrong."