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Ghost Pepper: Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) is used as a food and a spice as well as a remedy to summer heat, presumably by inducing perspiration in the consumer. In northeastern India, the peppers are smeared on fences or incorporated in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants at a distance.

The thumb-sized peppers were named “ghost peppers” due to the fact that, upon consumption, they might easily end up as an apparition due to the immense heat of their flavor.

A Ghost and a ghost pepper

The Guinness Book of World Records certified that ghost peppers are over 401 times hotter than the most popular hot Tabasco sauce, at more than one million Scoville units — the system used to measure chili peppers and their piquance. Jalapeno peppers, by comparison, range from about 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units. A lot of people will start feeling woozy just from smelling the peppers!

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