Hottest Chili Pepper In The World Recognized

By on Dec 4, 2010 in Europe, Science, World Comments

The hottest chili pepper in the world was recognized on Friday, several international news websites reported. It is known as the Naga Viper, a pepper grown in a greenhouse covered by snow in northwestern England.

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The Naga Viper was a cross of three hottest varieties of pepper. Gerald Fowler, the full-time chili farmer from Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria created it. The pepper rates at 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures the chili’s level of capsaicin, the chemical compound responsible for its “hotness.”

By comparison, the second hottest pepper, the Bhut jolokia was only about 300,000 1,001,304 and the most popular chili, jalapeno comes in at just 2,500 to 5,000.

It was reported that the Guinness World Records already asked Fowler to include the Naga Viper in its 2012 edition.

“When chilies are grown over here, I think they fight back against the harsh climate and produce even more heat,” Fowler said.

“It’s painful to eat. It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down. It can last an hour, and you just don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it makes you feel great,” Fowler was quoted saying.

Correction (December 6): A reader points out that Bhut Jolokia’s rating is 1,000,000+ based on some published sources.

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