Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot
The United States looked like the Nike Logo with a swoosh of heat bringing record breaking temperatures from coast to coast these past few days. None of that record breaking heat could compare to one small chili plant making big news in this hot world. This pepper, man, is one in a million.
Mike Smith, a Welsh fruit grower, tried to get creative with his entry into the Chelsea Flower Show. After collaborating with agricultural scientists from Nottingham Trent University, he was hoping to breed a special plant, but instead was left with something hot hot hot. Smith’s Devil’s Breath chili measures 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, a full 280,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) above the Carolina Reaper pepper and 2.13 million SHU above the Habanero pepper.
If you’re thinking you want to try it out for yourself just to see how spicy it is, know that your airways would probably close up and you would go into shock and die. This chili is so hot that one drop of the oil could be detected in 2.48 million drops of water. That’s one drop in 32.8 gallons or 124 liters of water!
Instead of murder, the chili could be used for medicinal purposes. For instance, it’s numbing power can potentially be a potent anesthetic, which would be helpful for someone who is allergic to painkillers or used in areas that can’t afford anesthetics.
So while we in the US wait for this hot spell to pass, or to continue through September, Mr. Smith is waiting to hear if his plant will be considered the official hottie in the Guinness World Record Books!