Incredibly Hot Chili Pepper Discovered

Posted on February 26, 2007

The Associated Press reports that a man named Paul Bosland has discovered the hottest chili pepper in the world. The chili reaches 1,001,304 Scoville heat units on the Scovilli scale of chili hotness. The average jalepeno is just 10,000 Scoville heat units according to the AP. The AP says the new chili has been confirmed as the world's hottest by Guiness World Records.

The name of the chili pepper, Bhut Jolokia, means "ghost chili." Even though they are still discovering new ones chili peppers have been around for a while. It is possible some of these new discoveries were eaten by ancient people years ago or used as some form of cruel torture.

You can find out more about the ghost chili here. The pepper is reportedly 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.