Find your Girlfriend Hot? This Chilli is Hotter!
Spicier even than your neighbour aunty’s gossips.
No one can bring a ‘Sakht Launda’ like you on your knees? This Chilli will!
Behold… the mighty King Chili!
King Chillies Measure a whopping 855,000 SHUs (Scoville Heat Units). They are known by other names like- bhut jolokia, ghost chilli, ghost pepper and umorok. Grown in India’s North-Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland these chillies are the spiciest indigenous variety from India.
From Featuring in the Guinness World Records to being used in Smoking Out Terrorists, here’s all you need to know about these bad boys:
Used in creating Spicier variants of Chillies
The notoriously spicy King Chilli scores 855,000 SHUs in Scoville test and 1,041,427 SHUs using HPLC analysis. An interesting trivia about King Chillies is that they are used in creating hybrids of other hot variants of chillies. For instance, the innards-meltingly hot Naga Viper.
All about Scoville’s Scale
An American Professor by the name of Wilbur Lincoln Scoville created the ‘Scoville Organoleptic Test’ in 1912 with the aim of measuring heat (piquancy). Scoville Heat Units is the standard unit to measure the spice content of Chillies and peppers.
In the ‘Scoville Organoleptic Test’, a certain amount of ground pepper is dissolved in alcohol. The capsaicinoids (heat component) from the pepper is extracted before being diluted in a solution of sugar water. The diluted liquid is then given for a taste to a panel of five trained tasters until at least three of them can no longer detect the heat. The heat level is based on this dilution and rated in multiples of 100 SHU.
Chillies with a World Record
In 2007, King Chilli was certified as the hottest chilli pepper by Guinness World Records. This variety of chillies was said to be 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce which measures 2,500–5,000 SHU on the Scoville scale.
Chillies against Terrorism
Maybe the Indian Army can change your mind if you’re not convinced of the potency of King Chillies yet. The Indian Defense wing literally converted King Chillies into weapons by creating grenades using their extract.
These blinding grenades could be useful in flushing out terrorists from their hideouts by choking and blinding them. Furthermore, the extract of King Chillies is used in making tear gas in order to control riots and other situations which are uncalled for.
Unbelievable uses of King Chillies:
This may sound like the mother of ironies, but King Chillies are used to cure stomach ailments. Moreover, these spicy pods are used to combat the summer heat as they improve blood circulation.
These red pods, though insidiously inviting, can bite you right back. If this article has left you with a desire to taste King Chillies, we advise you to do so at your own risk. Let us know about your experience with King Chillies in the comments!