Thursday, March 31, 2011

Melt your face in your own backyard with ghost chili pepper plants

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Your mouth may never forgive you.
  • Your mouth may never forgive you.

The heat in the kitchen is nothing compared with what could be growing in your backyard. Boing Boing posted about ghost pepper plants, not just seeds, for sale on the Internet. The bhut jolokia (ghost chili) pepper, sold at ghostchilipeppersdeal.com, is the Guinness World Record holder for hottest pepper on Earth. It measures 1,001,304 on the Scoville scale, the standard for determining the heat of a pepper -- that's about 300 times stronger than a jalapeno.

And for $16 (including shipping), you can test the limits of your common sense and ability to withstand heat.

Although the ghost pepper plant is the current title holder for world's hottest pepper, the grower of the Naga Viper claims that it is hotter -- registering a mouth-blistering 1,359,000 units on the Scoville scale. Still, once you get above a million, it might be a moot point, as Man Vs. Food host Adam Richman discovered when eating hot wings doused in ghost chili extract.

First come the hiccups. Then the tears. Then the coughing. Then the pounding on the door. And just think, for less than $20, you can know have the play-it-at-home version. 

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