Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Heart Attack Inducing?

Kim Conte

hot peppersNot those kind of Red Hot Chili Peppers -- the ones that grow on a plant and are used to season foods; in other words, the REAL red hot chili peppers ...

If you think jalapenos are spicy, get a load of the dorset naga -- allegedly the hottest pepper in the whole world. It packs some seriously dangerous heat. Don't believe me?

Let me put it into perspective for you ...

The Scoville Scale is the "official way" to measure chili pepper pungency: A Scoville unit is a measure of the capsaicin -- the heat-producing chemical -- in a pepper. The higher the SHU, the hotter the pepper.

Jalapenos typically register 2,500 to 8,000 SHUs, which is mild in comparison to other chillies as you will soon see. In 2007, the Guinness Book of World Records listed the bhut jolokia pepper as the world's hottest after it registered 1,001,304 SHUs.

However, the bhut jolokia was soon unseated when, in 2009, the University of Warwick tested the dorset naga at 1.6 million SHUs. Can you even imagine what that would feel like going down? No? Then, check this out:

Ouch! I'm sweating just watching it.

Now, the developers of the dorset naga, Michael and Joy Michaud, have two new hot peppers in the works, both of which are just slightly milder than their original -- still it's nothing to sneeze at. They're teaming up with other chilli growers to create a website that documents the hottest peppers on record.

Anyone else smell a competition brewing?

So, what do you do with peppers that are so hot (since we now know what happens when you eat them whole)?

Supposedly, Bangladeshis break off pieces of the dorset and mix them in with their food -- impressive! -- and pickling is a popular use as well.

What's the hottest thing you've ever eaten?

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