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  •  Habanero makes excellent chemical weapons (0+ / 0-)

    400ppm : what about my daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:28:50 AM PDT

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    •  Meh, if you want something pepperlike for (1+ / 0-)
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      that purpose, you want resin spurge  ;)  Resin spurge contains a chemical called resiniferatoxin, which activates the same receptor as the capsaicin in hot peppers, but with a thousand times the intensity.  

      The former hottest pepper in the world, the Bhut Jolokia / Ghost Pepper, has a scoville rating of 330 thousand to 1 million.  The hottest pepper in the world, the Trinidad Moruga scorpion, has a scoville rating of 1,2 million to 2 million.  Pure capsaicin has a scoville rating of 16 million.  Pure resiniferatoxin, however, has a scoville rating of 16 billion.  To put it another way, if you made ten gallons of salsa with bell peppers (zero on the scoville scale) and mixed in a single gram resiniferatoxin, it'd be hotter than pure ghost pepper salsa.

      It's so hot that 40 grams can kill you (by causing so severe of an inflammatory response that your body ends up killing itself).  Of course, given the above, I can't imagine how anyone could ever eat 40 grams of it!

      Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

      by Rei on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:43:14 AM PDT

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      •  The hottest I tried (0+ / 0-)

        Was Scottish Bonnet, that is pretty painful. I have heard about Bhut Jolokia but haven't tried, but I would. I love spicy food and in our house we consume at least one jar of chill per week.

        Claypot frog with chilies and fermented black bean

        400ppm : what about my daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 10:07:01 AM PDT

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        •  I've heard good things about the scorpion, (0+ / 0-)

          though I've never tried it myself.  It's apparently not just hot but has a nice flavor too.  That is, until you're knocked down by the hot kick  ;)

          Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

          by Rei on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 11:13:47 AM PDT

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        •  Bhut Jolokia (0+ / 0-)

          is pretty mean, as are the Naga Viper, and Butch T.

          I can taste the flavor just fine in the Habanero, but got nothing but heat from the Ghost pepper on up.

          At least a little goes a long way, so they are pretty cost effective for adding heat....but just don't use too much like I did the first time. I added only 1/8 tsp of dried naga viper to a massive batch of chili and it ended up too hot to heat after a little while ( at least for most there) leaving me to either have to eat a massive pot by myself, or dump it out.

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