Sakkath hot makkala: Chilli No. 1 is Indian

CHETAN KRISHNASWAMY brings glad tidings into the  Kosambari donne. India’s “Bhut Jolokia” chilli (extreme right in picture) has been confirmed as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records. The brand comes in at 1,001,304 Scoville heat units, a measure of hotness for a chilli. It is nearly twice as hot as Red Savina, the variety it replaces as the hottest. By comparison, an average jalapeno measures at about 10,000.

Paul Bosland, a professor at New Mexico State University, recalls taking a bite of the chilli pepper and feeling like he was breathing fire. He gulped down a soda, thinking, “That chilli has got to be some kind of record.” The
Guinness people agreed, confirming recently that Bosland had discovered the world’s hottest chilli pepper.

Picture courtesy: Paul Bosland, Leena Saikia

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