Now I am partial to hot food, a good curry or a chilli, I can’t stand food that should be hot that has been ‘cooled’ to suit local tastes. I have tried hot chillis that people have grown at home and have to admit that they can be unbelievably hot! We always think of chillis as something exotic in terms of their homes, but the hottest chilli now hails from the East Midlands!
Experts have just pronounced a chilli grown in the town of Grantham, as the hottest in the world!
Tests have shown the “Infinity Chilli” to be hotter than any other in the world!
Chilli heat is measured by the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) designed by American chemist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. To put the Grantham chilli in context, a Jalapeno (commonly thought of as ‘hot’ in this country) can score anything between 2,500 to 8,000 SHU on this scale.
The Bhut Jolokia chilli weighs in at just over 800,000 SHU. The Indian military are reported to have developed a counter-terrorism hand grenade which uses it as an ingredient to immobilise their adversaries.
But Grantham’s Infinity Chilli has scored 1,176,182 SHU in a test done last year!
The world’s hottest chilli has been grown at RAF Cottesmore in Leicestershire, by Nick Woods, an RAF security guard. He has a hot sauce company and has crossed chillis before (there are 4,000 different varieties of chilli) but he knew as soon as he saw it that it was a hot one!
Britain’s taste buds are apparently getting used to curries and other hot snacks so we’re looking for bigger and better chilli-based thrills in the kitchen.
This one may be just a little bit hot for most of us!