The variety, bright red and about the size of a dollar coin, is called the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.
Its grower, Marcel de Wit, of the Chilli Factory in Morisett, sent samples for chemical analysis to ascertain just how it measured up.
The answer was stratospheric, reported EML Chem in Melbourne, where normal duties can include working with explosives.
Chilli potency is measured on the Scoville scale. A jalapeno, as used in Tabasco sauce, contains about 5000 Scoville heat units; a bird's eye chilli packs between 50,000 and 100,000.
And I just got a bottle of Bhut Jolokia sauce, which was supposed to be the hottest -- for about five minutes apparently. I'll wait for the one that's harvested by pickers in hazmat suits.Hot Stuff Art
Bhut Jolokia sounds like a STAR WARS character.
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