You might have come across many YouTubers taking on a bhut jolokia spice challenge. Even seen restaurants experimenting with this alarmingly hot chilli. Bhut or bhoot jolokia is no joke. Measuring 1,041,427 SHU (Scoville units), it is one of the hottest chillies in the world.
This fiery pepper came into the limelight again, when recently, India exported its first bhut jolokia consignment to London, UK. The Press Information Bureau was very delighted with this development. They called it a “major boost to exports of Geographical Indications (GI) products from the north-eastern region.” The chilli received its GI certification in 2008.
What are the local names?
The pepper has different names according to where it is grown. Naga morich in Bangladesh, Tezpur chilli after the Assamese city, Tezpur, and umorok in Manipur.
The chillies were exported to London from the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam, via an Air India flight. They were sourced from Tening, part of the Peren district in Nagaland.
Exporting them proved to be challenging, because of their perishable nature. But the APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), made it possible.
It has medicinal uses as well
This wrinkled-skin chilli is locally eaten with dried or fermented fish, pork, and also momos. Along with adding heat to food, it is also used in medicine for its cancer-fighting properties,
Would you give this spicy pepper a try?