Bhut Jolokia chilli in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Bhut Jolokia or Naga Jolokia chillis are the world’s hottest chilli, according to the Guinness Book of Records, with a score of 1,001,304 Scoville heat units (twice as many as red savina, the chilli it beat to become the world’s hottest chilli).
The chillis only occur naturally in the army garrison town of Tezpur in north-eastern Assam, India.
The Bhut Jolokia chilli is so hot that wildlife experts in Gauhati, North East India have set up fences smeared with the chilli and use it in smoke bombs to drive away marauding elephants from their homes and crops.
You’d have to either be exceedingly brave or edging on lunacy to add this king of the chillies to your Friday night curry.
UK supplier: Scorchio