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World''s new hottest chilli
Published on 15 Apr. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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Some brave Australians have created a scorching chilli that’s too hot to handle without protective gear. The fiery Trinidad Scorpion Butch T registers 1,463,700 Scoville heat units, placing it ahead of the current leader recognised by Guinness World Records, the Naga Viper, which comes in at 1,382,118. Jalapenos measure about 2500-5000 and the hottest Tabasco is 30,000, the Australian Geographic reports.
“They’re just severe, absolutely severe,” says Marcel de Wit, The Chilli Factory co-owner. “No wonder they start making crowd-control grenades now with chillies. It’s just wicked.” The chilli is so scorching, that Marcel and his team have to wear protective gear when handling the new variety. “If you don’t wear gloves your hands will be pumping heat for two days later,” he says.
The chillies primarily end up as a basis for a hot sauce, where the chillies still pack a punch.
Marcel began cultivating the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T two years ago after Neil Smith, who runs The Hippy Seed Company, gave him one of the new chillies to try.

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