Friday, December 3, 2010

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Real Deal. (HT UK Daily Mail)

Think you know your Chili Peppers? Then check this out from the UK Daily Mail:

"It is so hot weapons experts plan to use a couple in a spice bomb to incapacitate enemy soldiers on the battlefield.

It was created by crossing three of the hottest varieties of chili pods known to man.

The result is a record breaking chili that will make your eyes stream, throat burn, nose run and much, much worse.

The Naga Viper chili packs an astonishing 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures heat by the presence of the chemical compound capsaicin.

Experts at Warwick University carried out tests on the chili and officially declared it the hottest.

It beat competition from the ferocious Bhut Jolokia pod - the previous holder - to take the title of the world’s hottest chili in the Guinness Book of World Records.

‘It’s painful to eat,’ said Mr Fowler, 52, who runs the Chili Pepper Company, in Cark-in-Cartmel, near Grange-Over-Sands. ‘It’s hot enough to strip paint.

‘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’s a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great.’"

I'd love to see the eating champs tackle one of these fireballs.

Background Intel:

UK Daily Mail: Neither Mexico nor India: The world's hottest chilli comes from a tiny greenhouse in Cumbria

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