Ok, a palate cleanser that will really clean your palate:
Fiery food mavens seeking to one-up each other now have to gear up for a whole new test of culinary bravado: the world's hottest chili pepper.
Yes, the Naga Viper, the latest claimant to the world's-hottest-pepper crown, outdistances its predecessor, the Bhut Jolokia, or "ghost chili," by more than 300,000 points on the famous Scoville scale of tongue-scorching chili hotness. Researchers at Warwick University testing the Naga Viper found that it measures 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which rates heat by tracking the presence of a chemical compound. In comparison, most varieties of jalapeño peppers measure in the 2,500 to 5,000 range -- milder than the Naga Viper by a factor of 270...
"It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down," he told the paper. "It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything."
Why would you eat something like that???
"But it's a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great."
Oh, I see. I guess a natural endorphin rush is better than shooting up drugs to get the same effect. I guess I can understand a little, because I sometimes eat spicy foods to clear out my sinuses.
However I think I'll stick to my jalapeño peppers, thank you very much. Still, if I feel the need to eat this thing I can always head to Texas and-
You might think the Naga Viper would hail from some part of the world with a strong demand for spicy food, such as India or Mexico. But the new pepper is actually the handiwork of Gerald Fowler, a British chili farmer and pub owner, who crossed three of the hottest peppers known to man - including the Bhut Jolokia - to create his Frankenstein-monster chili.
Honestly, you people in Texas should be upset about this pepper being bred in the UK. Everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, including spicy food. I grew up with a step-mom who was from Texas and it now takes about two jalapeño peppers for me to feel anything. Now you guys need to get it together and bred something hotter!
Consider this an open thread.