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England’s ‘Infinity chili’ beats India’s ‘Bhut Jolokia’ as the world’s hottest chili

The Indian chili has been beaten by England’s ‘Infinity chili’ as the hottest in the world.

The Indian chili,which is used by the Indian Army to make hand grenades to immobilize terrorist suspects,has been beaten by England’s ‘Infinity chili’ as the hottest in the world.

‘Infinity chili’ bred in the historic market town of Grantham,Lincolnshire is hotter than the Bhut Jolokia chili,according to tests conducted by the Warwick University.

On the Scoville Scale,Infinity chili has been rated at 1,067,286,while the Bhut Jolokia chili is measured at 1,041,427,The Sun reports. A jalapeño measures just 2,500 to 5,000 on the Scoville Scale.

The Lincolnshire variety is named Infinity for its “never-ending” burn,which cannot be quelled by even the best antidote,milk. A novice who eats it can require hospital treatment for mouth blisters and burns.

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The paper quoted Grower Woody Woods,37,of Fire Foods in Grantham,as saying: “It is like eating red-hot coal. To grow such a burning hot chili in our climate is unbelievable.”

He and pal Matt Simpson,38,bred the Infinity in a greenhouse by crossing existing varieties. They hope to market the seeds this year.

First published on: 01-04-2010 at 03:04:11 pm
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