Monday, September 13, 2010

The infinity chilli pepper will melt your face

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Eating this pepper is like looking on the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Eating this pepper is like looking on the Ark of the Covenant.

Icarus flew too close to the sun. The modern day retelling of the legend has man attempting to put the entire sun in his mouth.

A British grower has apparently produced the world's hottest pepper, the Infinity Chilli. The stats are on this pepper are alarming. It measures 1,176,182 on the Scoville scale, which rates the heat of a given pepper. The jalapeno pepper in your pico de gallo measures between 2,500 and 5,000 Scoville units.

The Infinity Chilli would be the world's hottest pepper, replacing the current world record holder from India -- the Bhut Jolokia which comes in at a tongue-searing 1,041,427 units. 

The Independent talked to the chilli's grower Woody Woods (of the aptly named Fire Foods) about the pepper, which took two years to develop.

"If you ate one right now you couldn't work, it would be like putting acid in

your mouth. I have had one and I would never do it again," says Woods.

The Independent suggests that you would only be able to stand for a second after eating the pepper and you would be "laid out for several days," afterward. Hot sauce made from the infinity chilli is available online, but maybe wait until the next long weekend to try it out.

[Image via Fire Foods]

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