Arms Race for the World Hottest Chili

27.03.2013 Misc #Chili #Food

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Das Wall Street Journal hat einen amüsanten Artikel über die Geschichte der schärfsten Chili der Welt. Die schärfste Chilisoße der Welt besteht aus kristalisiertem Capsaicin aus einem Labor – praktisch das Meth unter den Chilisoßen, die kommt auf 16 Millionen Scoville. Gefährlich wird Chili ungefähr ab 800k Scoville.

Luckily there is no record of anyone dying from eating peppers, according to Paul Bosland, head of New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Known as "the chileman," Mr. Bosland deserves a large part of the credit for the current craze. […]

Mr. Bosland claims to have broken the two million Scoville mark in February 2012 with his Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. That is the same strength as police-grade pepper spray—a substance no sensible person would let travel through his digestive tract.

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