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Where is the Bhut Jolokia /Ghost Chilli on the heat league tables?

Updated: Mar 20


Bhut Jolokia, also known as the "ghost pepper, or "King Chilli" is one of the hottest chillies in the world, known for its intense heat and bold flavor. While it may be intimidating for some, for others it's a sought after ingredient for adding a spicy kick to their favorite dishes.


So how does Bhut Jolokia compare to the other top three hottest chillies in the world? Let's take a closer look.


Bhut Jolokia was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the hottest pepper in 2007 with a Scoville rating of over 1 million units. However, it has since been surpassed by other varieties such as the Carolina Reaper and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.



The Carolina Reaper, has held the title of the world's hottest chilli for several years. With its sweet and smoky flavor, it's a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spicy snacks. Despite its high heat level, some people find the taste of the Carolina Reaper to be quite appealing.


Next, there's the Trinidad Scorpion, which is another extremely hot chilli that packs a powerful punch. Known for its fruity and citrusy notes, it's often used in sauces, rubs, and marinades for meat and vegetables.



Finally, there's the 7 Pot Douglah, which is a hybrid chilli that is both hot and flavorful. Its chocolate undertones give it a unique taste that sets it apart from other hot chillies.


When compared to these three top contenders, Bhut Jolokia definitely holds its own in terms of heat. However, its flavor profile is also quite distinct, with a slightly earthy and smoky taste that pairs well with a wide range of Indian dishes.



The Scoville Scale, which measures the heat of peppers, rates the Bhut Jolokia at over one million Scoville units, making it more than twice as hot as the previous record holder, the Red Savina habanero. To put this into perspective, a jalapeño pepper only rates around 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units.


Originally from the Northeastern region of India, the Bhut Jolokia has been used for centuries in local cuisine. But in recent years it has gained popularity across the world for its intense heat. This chilli is widely used in spices, sauces, curries and even in beverages and drinks!


The heat intensity of the Bhut Jolokia is attributed to its unique environment and growing conditions, including the region's hot and humid climate, rich soil, and abundant rainfall. As a result, the Bhut Jolokia is not only incredibly spicy but also has a unique and complex flavor that sets it apart from other chillies.It's bold flavor and intense heat make it a popular choice among those who love spicy food.


But did you know that India developed a non-toxic, non-explosive eco-friendly tear gas like chilli grenade for military operations? Not only that. The grenade was conceptualised in 2010 and has reportedly been tested by several state-run agencies as. a possible solution to control mobs and crowds. Interestingly, the idea for a ghost pepper grenade is is inspired by a local North Eastern practice of burning Bhut Jolokia pods to keep elephants away!


So if you are in a mood to live the story or want to experience an explosion of heat and flavour, try a Bhut Jolokia!






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