Two hot varieties; the one on the right is the world's hottest!
The "Bhut Jolokia" ( bhut means ghost and jolokia means chilli) was given a rating of 855,000 Scoville heat units by officials at the Defence research and Development Establishment, Gwalior. They reported their findings in an August 2000 issue of "Current Science". The scientists tested a Tezpur (a town in Assam) variety of the bhut, or "Capsicum frutescens var. Nagahari as it is known to botanists. Some bhut specimens have since scored over a million units in tests done in other labs, like the New Mexico State Uni- versity's chilli Pepper Institute in the US. The Guinness Book of World Records recently certified the bhut jolokia as the world's hottest chilli pepper. The bhut is between 35 and 50mm long. It looks similar to the habanero, but the skin is more dented. In the north-east, besides being used as a spice, the bhut is smeared on fences to scare off wild elephants.
( Facts taken from the Indian Reader's Digest, April 2008)
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