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‘Infinity chilli’ beats ‘Bhut Jolokia’
Published on 2 Apr. 2010 12:59 AM IST
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The ‘Naga King chilli’ or the ‘Bhut Jolokia chilli’ which is used by the Indian Army to make hand grenades to immobilise terrorist suspects, has been beaten by England’s ‘Infinity chilli’ as the hottest in the world.
According to ANI, ‘Infinity chilli’ bred in the historic market town of Grantham, Lincolnshire is hotter than the ‘Bhut Jolokia chilli’, according to tests conducted by the Warwick University.
On the Scoville Scale, ‘Infinity chilli’ has been rated at 1,067,286, while the ‘Bhut Jolokia chilli’ is measured at 1,041,427, The Sun reports.
A jalapeqo measures just 2,500 to 5,000 on the Scoville Scale.
The Lincolnshire variety is named Infinity for its “never-ending” burn, which cannot be quelled by even the best antidote, milk.
A novice who eats it can require hospital treatment for mouth blisters and burns. The paper quoted Grower Woody Woods, 37, of Fire Foods in Grantham, as saying: “It is like eating red-hot coal. To grow such a burning hot chilli in our climate is unbelievable.”
He and pal Matt Simpson, 38, bred the Infinity in a greenhouse by crossing existing varieties. They hope to market the seeds this year.

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