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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)
Spice it up! The World Championship Chili Cookoff Competition is taking place right now in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Though the origins of the modern stewed dish known as "chili" are murky, but by the 1920s, chili was a standard menu item on diners and chili parlors throughout the western United States. Traditional chilis were flavoured with vintage green and red chili peppers from Mexico including jalapeños, cayenne and ancho, but the newer chili peppers are on another level for hotness! The now infamous Ghost Pepper, used in chili recipes but also recipes for candy, fudge, vodka and more, 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", a weapons-grade only pepper developed in Wales! This pepper measures nearly 2.5 million on the Scoville scale, the standard measure of the heat, or pungency, of chili peppers, making it1,000 times as spicy as a jalapeño pepper! 🌶️🌶️🌶️
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.