Ghost Chile (Bhut Jolokia), Dry (ounce)
The Bhut Jolokia comes in at just over 1 million (yes - 1,000,000) Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This is nearly twice as hot as previous record holder, the Red Savina (a variety of Habanero). The Red Savina Habanero comes in at 580,000 SHUs. By comparison, a New Mexico green chile is approximately 1,500 SHUs. The average jalapeno measures around 8,000 SHUs and traditional Tabasco sauce is 5,000 SHUs.
The name Bhut Jolokia translates to "ghost chile," and chile heads say that is because this chile is so hot, you give up the ghost when you eat it!
If you think you’ve ever had a hotter chili pepper, you’re dead wrong.
Even the smallest pieces of the Ghost Chile will add so much intense heat to a sauce, that it’s barely edible. Consuming just a thin strand causes the eyes to water and the nose to run. Devour a whole chili and prepare for a full attack on your senses. This assault has been compared to chugging a lethal cocktail of battery acid laced with glass shards.
Native to the Assam region of India, the Bhut Jolokia Pepper is known by a variety of names including Naga Jolokia, Naga Hari, Nagu Morich, and Dorset Naga. "Naga" is a tribute to the fierce warriors of Naga in the Assam region. Other popular names include Bih ("poison") Jolokia and Raja Mircha ("King of Chiles"). In the Western Hemisphere, it is most frequently called the Ghost Chile. There are approximately 42 chiles per ounce.