World Record #154 - The brand new pepper that is the world's hottest - "1,359,000 on the Scoville scale"

by | Dec 10, 2010 03:34 PM ET

This article discusses the new hottest pepper in the world, made by selectively breeding three existing hot peppers:

Neither Mexico nor India: The world's hottest chilli comes from a tiny greenhouse in Cumbria

The Naga Viper chilli packs an astonishing 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures heat by the presence of the chemical compound capsaicin.
Experts at Warwick University carried out tests on the chilli and officially declared it the hottest.
It beat competition from the ferocious Bhut Jolokia pod - the previous holder - to take the title of the world's hottest chilli in the Guinness Book of World Records.

How hot is it? Here is a review:

So why do people eat peppers like this? This video contains a slide that may hold the key:

It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down. It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it's a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great.

For more info see: What are endorphins?

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