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The Hottest Pepper in the WOooooorld

Yep, the Bhut Jolokia.

Well, ok, as of 9 am, my husband discovered there’s some NEW pepper that has about 130,000 more Scoville units than the Bhut, but I really don’t care. BECAUSE I ATE THE BHUT.

The Ghost Pepper (as it’s commonly called) has over 1 million Scoville units to its pedigree. That means it’s super calicrazyfucking hot. A jalapeno has about 2500 SU. A habanero has 100k-350k SU.

Keep in mind, all the dudes were gung-ho. Oh yeah, gonna eat this chili pepper. And five of them did. My brother-in-law went all out and ended up eating about half a pepper. (HE CRAZY.) I decided to try a chunk of habanero. It really, really burned, but wasn’t debilitating.
Then the Wo finally said he’d try the Bhut. I’d told him I’d do it if he did it. (Which Beth was QUICK to remind me after he’d taken his bite.) So I did. And it really didn’t do much.So I took another bite. Ah, yes, that one …. resonated.

Here’s the crazy thing, about both the habanero and the Bhut: both had an unbelievable fresh, citrus, bright clean flavor. Before the heat even began. They were utterly delicious. Like your brain’s going, “Well, what the hell, you rang up and warned me this was going to be difficult and it’s surprisingly charming and OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD” because then, yes, after that delicious milli-moment, the burn rapidly takes over and it’s as though you’ve maced your tongue. It really does burn. But the endorphin rush is also something to be reckoned with. I felt like I’d had a victorious afternoon hike, followed by a relaxing hot tub. All from a vegetable sliver no wider than a few staples.

And I did get very hot from it. My skin flushed like nobody’s bidness:


But I have bragging rights now, and I can certainly stare down any bowl of salsa in the future and say “I’ve had hotter…”


  1. Seeing as I can’t eat hot things (think “mild” being hot to me…) I am quite sure this would kill me. Dead. 😉 But, hey! Good for you two! Oh, and yes…you look a tad bit flushed. LOL.

  2. mmmm, hot! 🙂 i would have tried it with you!

  3. Awesome. You rock. I remember hearing the horror stories from ER nurses in NM when I lived there about the stupid gringoes that ate whole peppers. Look how flushed you got from a sliver! You rock, my friend. You rock.

  4. Oh, too funny! I love the photo. And yes, a tad bit flushed, umhmm!

  5. OMG!!!!! I remember one time that I tasted a salsa at a kiosk in Boston. The clerk told me to be careful as it was very hot. Did I listen? NO!!!! I took a big taste of it, after all my dad calls me asbestos mouth. Let me tell you, I fell on the floor in tears it was so hot. The only thing that would calm it was a glass of milk from the cookie stand right next door. Would I do it again? HELL YA!!!!! You rock my friend 🙂

  6. Yummy sis!! I wanna try this new nuclear pepper!!!

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