Bhut Jolokia, a variety of chile pepper originating in Assam, India, has taken the title of the world’s hottest, announce Researchers at New Mexico State University.
Confirming the recognition from Guinness World Records, the researchers report that the new contender rocketed past the previous champion Red Savina. In replicated tests of Scoville heat units (SHUs), Bhut Jolokia reached one million SHUs, almost double the SHUs of Red Savina, which measured a mere 577,000.
Dr. Paul Bosland, the Director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University, collected seeds of Bhut Jolokia while visiting India in 2001.
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