Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I love my food hot...

...but I think this is beyond me.

The hottest chilli pepper in The Guinness Book of Records is a Red Savina habañero with a rating of 570,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Mrs Michaud was stunned when the Dorset Naga (pepper) gave a reading of nearly 900,000SHU. A fresh sample was sent to a lab in New York used by the American Spice Trade Association and recorded a mouth-numbing 923,000SHUs.

Mrs Michaud said: “The man in the first lab was so excited — he’d never had one even half as hot as that. The second lab took a long time because they were checking it carefully as it was so outrageously high.”

Mmmmm, curry time! Or is that "watch my head explode in pain" time?

Take a look down the bottom of the article for the relative Scoville levels of your favourite hot peppers.

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