By now I imagine you’ve heard of a bhut jolokia chili pepper, also known as a ghost pepper or naga jolokia–the world’s hottest chili pepper. These peppers are hotter than Beelzebub’s spit. From what I understand, the bhut jolokia is native to Eastern India, which doesn’t surprise me. Those Indians can eat some crazy hot curry foods without batting an eye. I, on the other hand, cannot. Just the thought of eating a jalapeno makes my eyes water. In short, I’m a wuss. Okay, I said it.
I admit that it’s a little strange to be giving away a bag of dried bhut jolokia peppers, and in the future, my giveaways will be a little more useful, but I couldn’t help myself. Just the thought of having a bag full of the world’s hottest peppers and playing with the idea of actually trying it out gives me a foodie high–sort of like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I’m not sure I’d survive either scenario. For some of you pepper heads out there, this ought to be the ultimate challenge.
Wrap your mind around how hot the bhut jolokia is: A jalapeno pepper on the Scoville heat scale is 2,500-8,000 SHU. A habanero chili is 100,000-350,000 SHU, nearly 43x hotter than a jalapeno. The bhut jolokia is 855,000-1,050,000 SHU. That’s an average of 181x hotter than a jalapeno and average of 4x hotter than a habanero. When I lived in Guatemala, I ate a Chiltepin Pepper (50,000-100,000 SHU) and it was so hot I vowed I’d never eat anything like it again. I cannot even fathom having my taste buds seared off by the atomic bonfire these bhut jolokia peppers would create.
So, how do you enter in this suicidal giveaway? In the comments below, tell me what you’re going to do with these peppers if you win, like concocting a killer salsa and setting it out at work alongside a bag of tortilla chips… whoa… for a second there I thought about cancelling the giveaway. No double dipping–er–commenting, and you must leave your email address in the email field when leaving your comment. I will randomly select a winner on November 19th. The winner will receive 1 bag of dried bhut jolokia peppers (~15 peppers), re-hydrating instructions, and 4 or so to-die-for ghost pepper recipes.
And now strictly for your enjoyment, out of the dozens of YouTube videos showing people eating these crazy things and torturing themselves, I’ve posted my favorite torture video below. Hey, just because I won’t eat one doesn’t mean I can’t laugh with at those who will. I have nothing but the highest respects for this guy. Enjoy.