The Guinness Book of World Records has named the Bhut Jolokia chili pepper the world’s hottest pepper. So how hot, exactly is the world’s hottest pepper?
The Bhut Jolokia or “Ghost” Pepper rates in at over 1,000,000 SHU. A Jalapeno only rates in at 5000 SHU. A self defense pepper spray is 2,000,000 SHU or more. So the world’s hottest pepper is half as hot as a personal defense pepper spray or 200 times hotter than a Jalapeno.
Would you attempt to eat one? Neither would I but Anandita Dutta Tamuly did. In fact she ate 51 Bhut Jolokia peppers in order to set a Guinness World Record for herself. Anandita ate the peppers on April 13, 2009 and was cheered on by celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I felt so terrible I could eat only 51. In 2006, I had eaten 60 of them in two minutes for a local record event. But I am sure I shall make it to the Guinness World Records,” the homemaker and mother of a 3-year-old told The Associated Press.33DE79HNFERN