The ghost pepper (aka the Bhut Jolokia) is one of the hottest pepper in the world, topping over 1 Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). It is about 208 times hotter than the average jalapeno pepper. The pepper belongs to the Capsicum Chinese family. It is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper that is cultivated in the North-eastern Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Nepal. Bhut jolokia pods are unique among peppers, with their characteristic shape, and very thin skin. These chilies have three distinct colors namely light red, dark red and orange. An average-sized pepper is about 1/3 ounce or 9.4 grams.
The least side effects of eating these chilies are the sensation of pain in the lips and gums, stinging effect in the tongue, sweating and faster heartbeats.Eating capsaicin, which is an integral component of these chilies, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, resulting in stomach discomfort and diarrhea (2)
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