Friday, 1 July 2011

The hottest pepper on the planet is…

The Naga Jolokia Chili Pepper.  Also known as theGhost Chili – found primarily n Bangladesh and a few of the north eastern states of India.

The level of heat in peppers is rated on something called the “Scoville Scale”.
The number of  “scoville heat units” will go up or down depending on the concentration of capsaicin in each substance. 
Capsaicin is the chemical compound in these peppers that irritates our tissues.  In high concentrations, it is what makes you feel like you’ve just spit-out a mouthful of molten lava. 
Putting some perspective to what’s hot and what’s not…
According to their Scoville Ratings:
Jalepeno Pepper/Tobasco Sauce = 8,000
Malgueta Pepper = 100,000
Habanero Chili/Scotch Bonnet Pepper = 350,000
Naga Jolokia Chili Pepper = 1,075,000…Over 100 times hotter than Tobasco Sauce!
Interesting to note that capsaicin from these types of pepper are commonly extracted and used in ointments that provide some relief to aching muscles and arthritic joints.

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