Did you know this fact that one of the world’s spiciest chilli actually grows in India? Yes it does! Presenting to you Bhut Jolokia From the beautiful state of Assam, this chilli is the world’s hottest chilli. Well incase you haven’t heard of Bhut Jolokia, let me tell you that this chilli is one among the most hottest chillies on the planet. This is exceptionally hot and was also certified as the hottest chilli pepper the in 2007 Guinness World Records. Lets know more about this interesting Chilli Bhut Jolokia.
Bhut Jolokia – The Ghost Pepper
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Here is all the important information about Bhut Jolokia. Everything you would want to know. Check Out 8 Interesting Facts about this chilli.
1. Cultivated in North India
This chilli is cultivated in the north eastern parts of India, in Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. Some parts of the neighbouring country Bangladesh also cultivate it.
2. Bhut – The Ghost
The word Bhut, means “ghost” this name was given by the Bhutias people. Probably for one simple reason that is the way the heat of this chilli sneaks up on the one who consumes it. I feel this is quite a well-deserved name for this chilli as it can actually make people cry.
3. Popular Names
Bhut Jolokia It belongs to the Capsicum Chinese family. It is known by several names, naga jolokia, naga morich, ghost pepper, ghost chilli pepper, bih jolokia, u-morok, or red naga chillis are some of the popular names. One more interesting name of Bhut Jolokia is the Raja Mircha which means ‘King of Chillies’.
4. Guinness World Record Holder
Bhut Jolokia has been around for many eras now, but it was introduced to the western world in the year 2000. It was recorded as the hottest Chili Pepper on the planet in the year 2007 in The Guinness Book of World Records.
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5. Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
Bhut Jolokia weights at 1,001,304 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). This chilli from India blasted the previous champion Red Savina which was at 577,000 SHUs) by almost double.
6. Primary Source Of Heat
The primary source of heat of Bhut Jolokia is not its seeds but its membrane.
7. Available In Different Colours
One of the most interesting facts about this chilli is that it comes in different colours. Red, yellow, chocolate and purple are the popularly available colours of Bhut Jolokia.
8. Climatic Conditions Affects the Heat Of Bhut Jolokia
This is another very interesting fact to add about this Ghost Chilli that the climatic conditions actually affect the heat of this chilli. There is an area called Tezpur which grows this chilli and one ones found here are twice as hot as the ones grown in the other area i.e. Gwalior. This is because of the difference in climatic conditions.
Bhut Jolokia Is Hot – Mind It
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This is an immensely hot chilli, that why we say mind it. One tiny seed from a Bhut Jolokia has the power to give you intense pain sensations in the mouth. This pain sensation last for at least 30 minutes before it starts to subside. For those who love spicy food, think before adding Bhut Jolokia to your curry or sauces as even the smallest amount of it can make your dish so intense that it would be barely edible.
I am one of those who love to eat raw chillies with my food, but after I came to know the fact about this chilli I can hardy dare to eat this one. One small bite of the Bhut Jolokia tends to cause watering eyes and runny nose. Also the burning sensation that it causes in the mouth can last to up to 5 hours. Isn’t That Too Hot To Handle?
Several Uses Of Bhut Jolokia
This chilli is used for a variety of different purposes – take a look
- Can be used as a spice, well if one knows the right balance. If not the dish can become inedible.
- Remedy to treat summer heat
- To keep wild elephants away
- Smeared on people’s fences for protection
Now Bhut Jolokia Is No More The World’s Top Hottest Chilli
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Initially it was rated as the world’s top hottest chilli, but after 3rd of December 2010 this title was taken away by Naga Viper pepper. This hybrid pepper was created in England by a British Chili farmer Gerald Fowler. The Naga Viper currently rates at 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale. This is over 300,000 points higher than the Bhut jolokia the previous world record holder.
Hope you found this write up interesting. This is another interesting fact about India that will surely make you feel proud. Isn’t it? There are end number of interesting things about Bhut Jolokia, the above mentioned things was just a glimpse. If you have something more interesting to add here, please share it with us as comments.
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