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.