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Farmers claim to grow hottest chili
[April 01, 2006]

Farmers claim to grow hottest chili

(UPI Quirks in the News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Two farmers in England claim to grow the world's hottest chili -- the Dorset Naga, which registered a Scoville heat unit of 876,000.

The most recent Guinness Book of Records says the Red Savina Habanero, with a rating of 577,000 is the hottest chili -- but Joy and Michael Michaud of West Bexington, England, say they will contact the Guinness Book of Records to claim the record, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

The U.S. laboratory that tested the chili -- developed from a variety which originated in Bangladesh -- found it was almost 60 percent hotter than the one listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The results were so surprising the laboratory did a second test, the Michauds said.

They said they even have to wear gloves when they harvest the seeds.

Most people don't cook with it; they just have it near to them when they eat, said Aktar Miha, of the Indis Bangladeshi restaurant in Bournemouth, England. If you don't know what you are doing it could blow your head off.

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