I am not a great one for very spicy food. When we moved to Leicester in the mid 90s, Bob was quite excited at the prospect of trying out all the curry houses along the “Golden Mile” in the Asian Quarter of Leicester.
Sadly, he is still waiting! If we do go out for a meal, he graciously thinks of my bland palate and opts for somewhere less fiery.
Of late I have been trying to incorporate a little more spiciness into my cooking [it’s all Jamie’s fault] If J’s recipe says two chillies I put in half a VERY mild one, sans seeds.
But now it appears that the hottest chilli in the world has its origins just up the road in Leicestershire! Nick “Woody” Woods was working as a security guard at RAF Cottesmore when he decided he wanted to do something more entrepreneurial. With his wife Zoe, he set up a food company in his home town of Grantham.Fire Foods
Nick says “We are a family business from Grantham, everything we sell is homemade using only the finest ingredients. Our passion for chillis has grown beyond all proportion, our life is just chilli chilli chilli, we have a poly tunnel in our garden and grow a few hundred plants every year, not enough to sustain us but we hope one day to have a small holding and grow everything we use.”
Nick and his wife look very happy here
That’s because one chilli that Nick has developed has just been declared the World’s Hottest, using the Scoville Scale of measurement. Here’s the Infinity Chilli
Tests have revealed the "Infinity Chilli" to have a Scoville Scale Rating of 1,176,182 - hotter than chilli reportedly used in hand grenades by the Indian military.
Why? Why? Why?
Personally I cannot understand the fascination with eating things that make my mouth tingle/sting/burn for ages [and worse!]
Nick himself says on the BBC Website
"I actually ate one yesterday. It was one I'd had frozen from last year - so I thought it wouldn't be as hot as if it was fresh - and I thought I'd try it. It was all a bit worrying. The burn on my tongue lasted half an hour and the effects went on and on. At one point I was doubled over in pain and thinking about ringing the hospital.The worst was over by 11 o'clock, but it wasn't funny."
I am, as Jamie declares ‘a wuss’ when it comes to chillies – but I think I shall stay that way, and leave the super-spiciness to other members of the family.
In case you are wondering – here is the Scoville Scale
I think my limit is around ‘25’ ! where is yours?