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Bhut Jolokia, the world’s spiciest chilli.

Had heard about this but had no idea how it was measured.

It seems Scoville Scale is used to measure the ‘hotness’ of a chilli.


Originally, a solution of the pepper extract is diluted in sugared water until the heat could no longer be recognised by a group of five tasters. It was the degree of dilution needed that designated its place on the Scoville Scale.

For example, a sweet pepper has no capsaicin and therefore no detectable heat even when undiluted, resulting in a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of zero. The fearsome Bhut Jolokia, on the other hand, had an SHU rating of 1,001,304

Nikhil had been to Nagaland / Shillong and he got these from there. Apart from being the center of burning attraction, I found it a good subject for photography in the morning sunlight.


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Uploaded on January 3, 2010