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Naga Chili Peppers

Capsicum chinense with some Capsicum. frutescens genes

Origin: India

Aka: Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia and Ghost Chili

Color/s: yellow, green, orange, red

Scoville Heat Units (SHU): (extremely hot) up to 1,041,427

Size:  2.3–3.4 inches

Shape: Long, smooth and fat – the shape of a very small cucumber

Other Interesting Facts:

  • The name Naga gets its name either from the hills of Nagaland, which is a state in the far north-eastern part of India or another alternative source for Naga is that the name originates from the ferocious Naga warriors who once inhabited Nagaland.
  • In 2007, Guinness World Records certified the Bhut Jolokia as the world’s hottest chili pepper
  • On December 3, 2010, the Bhut Jolokia was replaced as the hottest known chili pepper by the Naga Viper pepper, which has an average peak Scoville rating more than 300,000 points higher than an average Bhut Jolokia
  • In northeastern India, the peppers are smeared on fences or incorporated in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants at a distance.

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