Spicy Food Day
"They have hot peppers in Louisiana. Little red devils with fire in their skin and hell in their seeds."
~The Grains of Paradise, James Street (1903–1954)
f you thought the Ghost Pepper was something frightening, beware the newest hot pepper in town - from Wales! The Ghost Pepper now ranks only 8th in the world, trailing the Carolina Reaper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the 7 pot Douglah, the "Butch T" Trinidad Scorpion, the Naga Viper, and the newest pepper, the "Dragon's Breath Chili"! Hobby chili grower Mike Smith, of North Wales recently unleashed the world's hottest weapons-grade pepper, "Dragon's Breath Chili", one so spicy that it could literally kill if eaten. Reactions could include the closing of airways, burning the throat and anaphylactic shock! It was developed as an anesthetic for those allergic to other types of anesthetics, as its oils are so strong they numb the skin. This pepper measures nearly 2.5 million on the Scoville scale, the standard measure of the heat, or pungency, of chili peppers. This makes it 1,000 times as spicy as a jalapeño pepper! The ability to detect the heat of peppers is genetically determined. Some people inherit fewer of the capsaicin-detecting receptors that typically line your mouth and throat, making them less sensitive to the irritating compound. 🌶️🌶️🌶️
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this is "a particularly hot tartan for a hot dish."
Chili con carne, sometimes more commonly known as simply "chili", is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), and often tomatoes and beans. The chili pepper, which gives the dish its heat, gives the dish its name.
The Scoville scale, created by American Pharmacist Wilbur Scoville in 1912, is a measurement of the pungency (capsaicin concentration) of chili peppers, such as the jalapeño, the ghost pepper, and the world's (current) hottest pepper - the Carolina Reaper.
The Carolina Reaper recently stole the top hot spot from the previous winner, The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, and tops the list at 2,200,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units)!
For a list of the world's hottest peppers, and an infographic showing the less fiery peppers, click the chilis.