It would be of no wonder in stating that chilies play one of the most important role in almost every cuisine. Some of us like low to moderate level of spices, while others just love spicy food. Now you will have to know the fact that there are over thousand varieties of chilies and each one of them has a unique taste. Some are sweet, some are relatively less spicy and some are absolutely hot. If my last line “some are absolutely hot” brought some mesmerizing temptations to your taste buds then yes, you are on the right page reading some really interesting stuff of your types.
Every chili lover would have definitely thought about the secret reason behind hotness in chilies, I would now take the privilege of revealing the secret behind chili hotness – The Capsaicin, this is the substance which is concentrated primarily in the veins, membrane and flesh of the Chili. The seeds are not the primary heat source, it is the membrane. However, the since the seeds are surrounded by membrane loaded with capsaicin, removing the seeds removes the surrounding membrane reducing the heat.
Capsicum, sweet pepper or a bell pepper, containing no capsaicin at all, has a Scoville rating of zero, meaning no heat detectable. Conversely, the hottest chilies, such as habaneros, have a rating of 200,000 or more, indicating that their extract has to be diluted 200,000-fold before the capsaicin present is undetectable. If you guys would have sharply noticed I did use a new unit of measure “Scoville Rating”, Hotness has traditionally been rated in Scoville Units named after Dr. Wilbur Scoville who devised a test in 1912 to rate the heat of a chili.
Now let us spice up our discussion to the core with this hot topic of the day – “Worlds spiciest chili”. Bhut Jolokia – The record holder hit a previously unthinkable 1 million scovilles. It is commonly known as Ghost Pepper paved its way to the fame of the world as being the hottest chili in the world in the year 2007, it has been the favorite ingredient in most delicacies. The hottest ghost pepper can be 417 times hotter than the mildest jalapeño. Bhut Jolokia is a chili that is grown in the North East Indian states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is a very common spice that is used in different forms such as fresh, pickled, dried, powdered or even chutneys. In fact, the pepper has a cult following, with numerous Twitter accounts, websites, and more dedicated to all things Jolokia. A Spicy Quest also aims to look at the modern spread of the chili, and what better candidate than the mighty ghost pepper, unknown just two decades ago, today a global celebrity
If you like Ghost Pepper or Bhut Jolokia in your hot chili sauce, due to the taste that it adds on to your food. This will leave you awestruck that this dangerous yet delicious chili adds health to your body in a number of ways. The Ghost Pepper is known to have properties to cure many ailments and boosts good health. Ghost Pepper has many health and nutritional benefits hidden in its every bite but only if taken in moderation. Make sure that you don’t directly swallow the chili as this may suffocate you and your entire respiratory system might be overstrained. Ghost Peppers are widely famous for their anesthetic effects and is used as a pain killer for arthritis, muscle strains, migraine, and backaches. The ingredient in the ghost pepper was tested in cancer research and it was found to kill and inhibit further growth of cancerous cells.