Jalapeños are for amateurs. Habaneros are so five years ago. The current It girl among the chile cognoscenti is the bhut jolokia (also known as the naga jolokia), a ferocious capsaicin bomb from northeast India. How hot is the bhut jolokia? Chile heat is measured in Scoville units. A jalapeño can rate as high as 8,000 Scoville units, a cayenne pepper between 30,000 and 50,000, the fearsome habanero as many as 350,000.Check back tomorrow to see what I think.
The bhut jolokia has clocked in as high as 1,041,427 Scoville units.