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23 October 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 1 million- 1.5 million SHU

Capsicum Chinense

Development of the Dorset Naga began near Dorset, England, around 2001 when Joy and Michael Michaud of “Peppers by Post” bought a Naga Morich plant from an Oriental foods store in southern England. The Naga Morich chile is from Bangladesh and is highly regarded in that community. Over several years they selected fruit with the specific characteristics they were looking for, and extracted seeds. They planted those seeds and continued until they were satisfied with the result. The heat level has been tested repeatedly since 2005 and has ranged from 661,451 SHU for green fruit up to 1,032,310 SHU for ripe fruit in 2009. Another test has measured the heat level as high as 1,598,227 SHU, making it one of the hottest peppers in the world.

The fruit ripen from green to red and measure about 4-5 cm long, with finely wrinkled skin. It averages around 1 million Scovilles and has a fruity aroma.

Because the plant was developed from the Naga Morich, the Dorset Naga is technically a subspecies, but it has been recognized as a separate variety.

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