It has a Scoville Heat Unit rating of 1,041, 427. That's 200 times higher than a jalapeno, and as much as twice as hot as the habanero chili.
In northeast India, at the company that is the sole exporter of the bhut jolokia chili, workers wear goggles, face masks and protective clothing when handling them.
And in the US and Israel, these chilis have been considered for use in riot control.
This is the hottest chili pepper on Earth.
Even one of the US-based websites that sells powdered bhut jolokia peppers will issue this discouraging warning before you buy: "when you eat it, it's like dying."
I can't wait to get my hands on one.
Take a look at the feature article on this tongue-melting chili in today's Weekend Wall Street Journal for more on this brand-new favorite of spicy food fans everywhere.
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Burnmegood.com ("it's like dying")
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Frontal Agritech, Ltd (the India-based sole exporter of bhut jolokia peppers)
Scoville Heat Units