The world’s hottest chilli has been bred in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and – it is seriously hot!
The variety out performs its nearest rival, the Bhut Jolokia, which was used in hand grenades by the Indian military.
Tests by specialists at Warwick University rate the new chilli variety at 1,067,286 on the Scoville Scale which is used to measure the heat of chillies. The former record-holder, the Indian Bhut Jolokia, is 1,041,427.
A jalapeno measures just 2,500 or so SHU,s and weapons grade pepper spray is around 2 million SHU’s.
The new chilli variety is called The Infinity Chilli for its never ending burn.
A chilli novice who eats it can require hospital treatment for the severity of its burn!
Before this, the New Mexico State University was home to the World’s Hottest Chilli Pepper. When Paul Bosland exhaled after taking a bite of the Bhut Jolokia, it felt like he was breathing fire. Bosland thought that chilli has got to be some kind of record holder and He was right!
In the fall of 2006, the Guinness Book of Records confirmed that New Mexico State University Regent’s Professor Paul Bosland had indeed discovered the world’s hottest chilli pepper, Bhut Jolokia.
Bhut Jolokia, at 1,001,304 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), is nearly twice as hot as Red Savina Habanero, the chilli pepper variety it replaced as the world’s hottest.
A standard New Mexico green chilli contains about 1,500 SHUs and an average Jalapeno measures at about 10,000 SHUs.
Bhut Jolokia is not NMSU’s first brush with chile greatness; the record-holder for world’s largest chile pepper is a specimen of the ‘NuMex Big Jim’ variety. The record-holder was grown near Hatch, but the variety was developed at NMSU.