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    Hottest Pepper

    New chili pepper crowned world’s hottest
    By Brett Michael Dykes


    Fighting fire with more fire -- and a WWF-worthy name -- there's a new champ holding the title of world's hottest chili pepper.

    As you may recall, in December The Lookout reported on the Naga Viper and its initiation as the chili pepper with the most heat. But now there's a hotter ticket in town: the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.

    Yes, the Butch T. outdistances the Naga Viper, barely, on the Scoville scale -- which rates spice power by tracking the presence of a chemical compound in chilis. The Australian Butch T. weighs in at 1.46 million heat units on the scale, while the British Naga Viper tops out at 1.38 million. For comparison, the average jalapeno pepper falls around 5,000.

    "They're just severe, absolutely severe," Marcel de Wit, co-owner of the chili farm that produced the pepper, told Australian Geographic. "No wonder they start making crowd-control grenades now with chillies. It's just wicked." He added that the pepper is so potent, he and his his team have to wear protective gloves when handling the Butch T., lest their hands are left "pumping heat for two days later." Making salsa with the Butch T., he explained, involves wearing chemical masks and body suits to defend against fumes given off in the cooking heat.

    After being given some rare seeds by Aussie farmer Neil Smith, de Wit began cultivating the Butch T. two years ago. The champion chili will also soon be the main ingredient in a stingingly hot sauce called the Scorpion Strike.

    YouTube - Trinidad Scorpion Chilli - The Hottest Chili pepper in the World
    It seems like in this "industry" common sense is not all that common!

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    Re: Hottest Pepper

    I shudder to think just how hot they must be.

    I grew some habanero chillies last year, and they were bad enough.

    Habaneros are guaranteed to bring a grown man to his knees in tears, so it's hard to imagine how much more heat there must be in these and the Naga Viper.

    I think I might just stick to reading about how they effect other people.
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    Finally! After using this login name for 7+ years, someone will recognize it for what it is!

    Pepper Scoville

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    Re: Hottest Pepper

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper Scoville View Post
    Finally! After using this login name for 7+ years, someone will recognize it for what it is!

    Pepper Scoville
    Perhaps people need to have a similar experience as mine with a jabanero before they realize the significance and importance of your nick.
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