World’s hottest chile pepper discovered

The following is copied directly from EurekAlert.org:
10-26-2007
Contact: Michael W. Neff
American Society for Horticultural Science


LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — Researchers at New Mexico State University recently discovered the world’s hottest chile pepper. Bhut Jolokia, a variety of chile pepper originating in Assam, India, has earned Guiness World Records’ recognition as the world’s hottest chile pepper by blasting past the previous champion Red Savina. In replicated tests of Scoville heat units (SHUs), Bhut Jolokia reached one million SHUs, almost double the SHUs of Red Savina, which measured a mere 577,000.

Dr. Paul Bosland, Director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences collected seeds of Bhut Jolokia while visiting India in 2001. Bosland grew Bhut Jolokia plants under insect-proof cages for three years to produce enough seed to complete the required field tests. “The name Bhut Jolokia translates as ‘ghost chile,’” Bosland said, “I think it’s because the chile is so hot, you give up the ghost when you eat it!” Bosland added that the intense heat concentration of Bhut Jolokia could have significant impact on the food industry as an economical seasoning in packaged foods.

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The complete study and abstract are available on the ASHS HortScience electronic journal web site: http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/42/2/222

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticultural research, education, and application. Society website – ashs.org

7 Responses to World’s hottest chile pepper discovered

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  2. Steven says:

    Just for comparison, the original Tabasco sauce only measures 2500 – 5000 Scoville units!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale

  3. Sarah says:

    Hey Zax, it’s Jezebelle from LV! Just clicked your page and found your site. This is a great idea for a blog. I’m sleepy but I’ll add you to my blogroll if I remember when I wake up.🙂 Night! (conks out)

  4. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  5. Sherman says:

    I wouldn’t want to be a bear if the bearspray manufacturers get wind of it (no pun entended)

  6. pepper mills says:

    As we are all discussing World’s hottest chile pepper discovered …free your imagination…, Iperine may actually be carcinogenic (although some studies show that it is anti-carcinogenic…) and it might even have negative effects on sperm and interfere with reproductive processes.

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