Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hot Flash

Those slightly crazy folks at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute, "where spiciness is a religion," have teamed up with CaJohn's Fiery Foods to bottle fire.

Holy Jolokia! pepper sauce has an exclamation mark at the end of its name for good reason. The Bhut Jolokia pepper used to make it comes from India and checks in with 1 million Scoville Heat Units. That ranks as insanely hot up against the girlie man bell pepper at 0 units, the wanna be jalapeno at 4,000 to 50,000 and the orange, so-called hot, habanero at 210,000, according to the institute.
Maybe this would give some context. CaJohn's is also coming out with a Jolokia smoked sausage, and the ingredient label says it contains 2 percent of the pepper. That ain't much, but it's supposed to pack a punch.
Now I like things spicier than most of my family and friends, but the thought of even handling something with Jolokia kind of scares me. If you're not afraid, a portion of the price for a bottle will go back to the institute for research and education.
It's supposed to be available from the company's Web site in a "couple of days".

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