Sunday, September 12, 2010

Accept the Ghost Pepper

It's the Naga Jolokia pepper, also called the Ghost Pepper, the hottest pepper in the world!

Or is it?

Yes. It is.

On the Scoville raiting (a rating based on the amount of capsaicin, the primary chemical involved in making a pepper "hot"), tobasco sauce comes in at a moderate 3,500. Habeneros light it up at approximately 250,000. And the Naga Jolokia?

A little over one million Scovillle Heat Units.

I didn't even want to touch them with gloves on.

But I love the fact that some crazy S.O.B. is growing them, and about a million other types of peppers, too.

Thanks to Seattle Tilth for even existing, and here's to anybody who's crazy enough to try and grow something amazing wherever they may live.

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