1,000,000 + Scoville Heat Units.
Yep, these babies were officially the hottest peppers around, topping the Red Savina Habanero. It was awarded the distinction of World's Hottest of All Spices by the Guinness World Records in 2006, though was eventually toppled several times over.
Bhut Jolokia Pepper Uses
Use the Bhut Jolokia as you'd use a habanero, but remember that they are much hotter, up to 5 times the heat level. Use caution when cooking with them. Wear gloves and protect your eyes.
Bhut Jolokia belongs to the Capsicum chinense family, like the Habanero, Scotch Bonnet and Red Savina. They originate in Northern India.
It is also known as Naga Jolokia, Ghost Pepper or Ghost Chili. Note: "Naga" mean "Cobra Snake" in Sanskrit.
History of the Bhut Jolokia
The bhut jolokia pepper has been in the running for the hottest pepper in the world for some time now - in fact, it actually held the Guinness Book of World Record's record for the world's hottest pepper from 2007 until 2010. The bhut jolokia is a naturally growing pepper that can be found primarily in northeastern India and neighboring Bangladesh. However, species can also be found in Sri Lanka occasionally. Due to the fact that "bhut" means "ghost" in the Assam language, this pepper is often called the "ghost pepper," in the Western world. These peppers have dented skin that is very thin and easy to tear.
Bhut Jolokia Chili Peppers
This pepper also has side use in Indian coking. In addition to being a common household ingredient in certain parts of India and Bangledesh, it has also been used as a homeopathic remedy for stomach pain, a way to beat the summer heat (when the bhut jolokia is eaten, the partaker will usually start to sweat quite a bit, which will ultimately lead to a decrease in body temperature). The bhut jolokia has even been used as a weapon - locals of northeastern India smear their fences with it to keep elephants away, and the pepper has even been used in smoke bombs!