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King of the Nagas


Finally my Naga chili plant is fruiting. I cannot be sure which variety of Naga chili this is - looks like a Dorset Naga but could be a Naga Jalokia.

Nagas in their pot:

In September 2006 the Naga Jolokia was officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s hottest chilli measuring in at over 1,000,000 Scoville Units (SCH).

Apparently there is a chili that has just pipped the Naga to second place, though this matters not to me.

The previous worlds hottest chilli was the Red Savina (which I also have in my garden) measuring in at 577,000 (SCH). Most habaneros range from between 100,000 and 300,000 (SCH).

Nagas freshly picked:

Why is it called Naga Jolokia? Apparently the Naga Jolokia was named after the Naga Warriors who once inhabited Nagaland in northeast India. The Naga warriors we renowned for being very ferocious.

It’s also called Bih Jolokia (Bih = 'poison') Bhut Jolokia (Bhut = 'ghost'), Naga Morich, Naga Moresh and Raja Mirchi ('King of Chillies').

I brought one to a cookery class recently and dared anyone to try it. No-one was bold enough. Afterwards I ate one tiny seed. I was in pain for a good half hour. It is ridiculously hot. Indescribably hot. Impossible to cook with hot. But I desired to grow some, and here they are. Gotta be careful what you desire.

More about this chili here.