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UK: Chilli Peppers so Hot, Farmer Needs Two Pairs of Gloves

UK: Chilli Peppers so Hot, Farmer Needs Two Pairs of Gloves

A British farmer has cultivated a “tree of fire” that has yielded over 1,000 of the world’s hottest chillies. Joy Michaud, 55, has a glut of the Dorset Naga chillies on her hands and just one of the pungent red fruits is thought to contain more heat than eight vindaloo curries. They measure an eye-watering 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, compared to a mere 30,000 in the average red chilli. The Naga, originally native to north-east India rather than south-west England, usually has 800,000 Scoville units—the scale used to measure chilli heat. But their heat has been turned up this year thanks to the red hot summer. Joy has now submitted an application to Guinness World Records. While handling the dangerous fruit the farmer wears two pairs of latex gloves and a plastic mackintosh to protect her skin from the heat. She also advises that people wear goggles or glasses while preparing the chilli and to tie long hair back. Just a small taste can cause burning eyes, a streaming nose, and uncontrollable hiccups.
(Source: dailymail.co.uk)