6 Burning Facts Every Spicy-Food Addict Should Know

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Rashi Biyani

Sep 21, 2016 6:30:00 PM

6 Burning Facts Every Spicy-Food Addict Should Know

 

Chillies are more famous than you know. Well, they are continuously in a clash to occupy the number one place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Duh! You better not underestimate them, or they will set you aflame.

 

1.Hotness Quotient

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Did you know that there is a unit to even measure hotness? Chilli strength is measured in SHUs (Scoville Heat Units). The measure equals the degree of dilution needed before you can no longer taste the heat. Of course, if the hotness quotient of celebrities and film stars is rated, why should out little red buddy stay behind!

 

2. A Chill(i)y Weapon

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(A farmer in Zambia smears chilli grease on the fences around his fields to stop elephants trampling his crops)

Farmers in Africa use chillies attached to fences to keep elephants from their crops. Elephants hate the smell. This makes us wonder, does the trick have any success with mosquitoes?

 

3. A Hot, Heavy Diet

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It is estimated that Mexicans eat 6 kilos of fresh Chillies and 0.5 kilos of dried Chillies each per year; which means they eat more Chillies than Onions and Tomatoes put together. Now that is hot news!

 

4. False Alarm

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The hottest part of a chilli is where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper. And all these years, we scraped out the seeds for the fear that they are the spiciest.

 

5. Self-Proclaimed

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The village of Hatch in New Mexico describes itself as the chilli capital of the world. No, not because it is the coldest place, but because its main crop is chilli and they hold a 2-day ‘Chile Festival’ on Labour Day.

 

6. A Spicy Agreement

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One of the spiciest chilies is the Naga Viper, a genetically modified mix of the most powerful varieties, created in an English greenhouse. When cooked at the local pub, those who dare to try it have to sign a waiver first. Its creator takes no responsibility for any damaged caused to the taste buds. And no-one has ever managed to finish a plate.