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Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 10:21 AM


As of early last year, the world's hottest pepper recorded was the Red Savina chili, which registered at 577,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), but in April that changed to the Dorset Naga which tested between 876,000 and 970,000 SHU. Now, an even hotter pepper has burst onto the scene.

Weighing in at 1,001,304 SHU, the Bhut Jolokia chili from India has been named the world's hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records. Just to put that into perspective, the jalapeno sits at a meager 10,000 SHU.

Anyone for some special hot salsa on their nachoes???

The Scoville scale, developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, was created to measure the heat level in chillies and is used world-wide today. To give you an idea where some of your favorite peppers sit on the list:

0 - Bell Pepper
100-500 - Pepperoncini
1000-1500 - Poblano
2500-10,000 - Jalapenos and Chipolte
5000-23,000 - Serrano
30,000-50,000 - Cayenne
80,000 & up - Habenero, Scotch Bonnet

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 10:45 AM

Viva la Pepper!!

1mks  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 5931)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:35 AM

Texas is pretty well known for their "hot" food but honestly, the hottest foods I have ever eaten has to be Indian food. It can blow the top off your head. Makes a habanero look tame. I don't think that I will be on the lookout for that particular pepper. The hottest Indian I EVER had was in Chichester, in West Sussex. We requested the "tin tin tindaloo". I know the staff was in the back laughing themselves silly as we set there with tears rolling down our cheeks. We quickly ordered raita (yogurt based condiment) but that only allayed the heat somewhat. The lager surely was exceptional that night. We won't even go into the next morning.

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:50 AM

1mks: "The hottest Indian I EVER had was in Chichester, in West Sussex."

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:51 AM

Marsha !

(too funny!)

1mks  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 5931)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:54 AM

Dirty minded people.................Indian FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:55 AM

I knew that. Lucimoore cracked me up!

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 11:59 AM

From what I have read the Indian people in the UK have created a couple of Indian-style cuisines just for the drinkers and other macho types who want to try and show off how hot they can eat. They aren't found in Indian. One is Tindaloo, which is a spiked up form of the real Indian cuisine Vindaloo. The other, which is supposed to be the hottest, is called Phaal. Basically, they are hot for the sake of being hot.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 12:40 PM

Yea, me too...I'm just hot for the sake of being hot.


Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 1:57 PM

I'm hot for the sake of underprivileged children.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 2:12 PM

I was in a bar in Chicago when I was about 25 and saw a woman almost die of a heart attack because of downing hot chili peppers, real scary. She was telling all of us that the sport peppers we were eating weren't hot, she found out different.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Tue, 30th Sep '08 9:24 PM

I am just hot on behalf of all the thyroid-challenged, menopausal women of the world.

We would have a telethon - but we'd have to hold it at Antarctica in bikinis, and all that "glowing" scares the penguins.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 12:46 AM

I'm used to using peppers in most of what I cook.

I use hot water with very little cold to wash my dishes - my hands aren't all wrinkly either - I'm just into hot.

a few years ago for a chili contest, I decided to pick up some beautiful yellow habeneros and was going to roast some and sautee some for the chili (which tasted great btw) - not having read up on them specifically, and having always cut peppers gloveless - I proceeded to make beautiful little slices.

I had an itch on my ear, and used the back of my hand to rub it for less than a second - (I was not using back of my hand to cut) - then had hair come out of pony tail so I "swiped it" off my cheek behind my ear and kept cutting.

About 5 minutes later - the burning starts...OMG

I am so grateful I didn't have an itch in other parts - I took two days for the burning to stop - I cried so bad - had my hands in was truly an experience that ranked up there with the drugs wearing off in the middle of the c-section I had with my daughter.

Ah - the pepper

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 5:40 AM

Did that really happen to you????
Waking up in the middle of a
C section????
I've had some bad experiences
with doctors, but that is definitely
the worst thing I've ever heard of!!!!

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 10:27 AM

A few years ago I nodded off in my recliner at the end of Terminator and woke up in the middle of Steel Magnolias. I was blind and deaf for over two weeks

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 10:40 AM

Hi Rowlanda

Yes - it really happened - and I've had a ruptured appendix, ovarian cysts and all kinds of other issues - so I have some things to compare it with

Really ticked me off too - because when I said "am I supposed to be feeling this?" they freaked out - and said they were going to knock me out and I said no - I want to see my child as soon as she comes out" they lied to me and said they were just going to give me oxygen and they actually knocked me out - everyone else saw her first and I didn't see her til almost 10 hours later.

They left me in the recovery room and when I woke up I couldn't breathe (they had overanesthesized me (spelling?)) - and it took close to 3 1/2 minutes for someone to actually show up - I don't remember much after that - but really thought I was going to die...

Ah - but she was worth it

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 4:42 PM

I have grown both red and orange habaneros...but too danged cowardly to ever try one!! I leave 'em for far-braver friends!!

Check out pix of 'em in my profile gallery


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 4:43 PM

So here's a HOT TOPIC we can ALL enjoy.

A local store had a habanero that was about the size of a small bell pepper. I sliced it and tasted it, and it had no heat.

SO I took a big bite. Hmmm... Seems the heat was concentrated on the other side.

I about died.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 4:55 PM

I grew some teensy "Rooster Spurs" too: about 3/4" thicker'n a match....but "Whoa!" They were FIERY!

I just about went into meltdown just touching a cut one to my tongue. I swear I had steam coming out my ears, and tears rolling down my face.


Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 1:55 AM

I am very confused about other topics but I can talk about hot peppers. Hopefully the link I tried to put here works. It is about a young man who died after eating hot peppers. I eat them sometimes but my brothers would love to try those new hotter ones. How come kids raised by the same Mom have such divergent tastes? Claudette

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