Here’s a snippet from a great article from one of our blogger brethren. You might not believe it, but they report on someone who will eat 60 (yes, sixty) bhut jolokia peppers in one sitting. Hope she has her asbestos toilet paper available later!!
Bhut Jolokia – World’s Hottest Chilli
8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide might be unfamiliar to you as a chemical compound, but when reincarnated in the form of a chilli, it is guranteed to give you ‘that burning sensation’. The degree of ‘hotness’ of chillis can infact be measured in units, thanks to the Scoville scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912.
In 1989, Frank Garcia, one of the founders of GNS Spices in Walnut, California discovered a plant with a red fruit in a field of Orange Habaneros. Subsequently, in 1994, Garcia’s Red Savina set a world record for heat at 577,000 Scoville units and was enlisted in the Guinness Book of World Records as The Hottest Chilli in the world.