Clocking in at up to a massive 1,041,427 SHUs, these chillies should be treated with caution! Bhut Jolokia's are a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens.
In 2000, India's Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) reported a Scoville rating of 855,000 SHUs, and in 2004 a rating of 1,041,427 SHUs was made using HPLC analysis. For comparison, Tabasco red pepper sauce rates at 5000–10,000, and pure capsaicin (the chemical responsible for the "burn") rates at 16,000,000 SHUs.
(C. chinense with some C. frutescens genes)
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We buy hermetically sealed parent stock from a reputable seller, then we grow the plants and harvest the fruits. Only after testing germination of these seeds do we then sell on to you. This very lengthy process unfortunately has its disadvantages if we lose plants due to pests or other factors (sometimes the Dog!!)
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