Adventures With Chillies - Part 3
It might have been a few years since I last visited this already-infrequently visited subject here at Red Parsley but my pursuit and enjoyment of spicy food has not been diminished. Quite the opposite in fact - I'm probably more watchful than ever, always hoping to find something I haven't tried before, be that a hot curry, a new chilli sauce, or actual chillies themselves, and just recently I had some luck.
I thought they would just be a branded version of Scotch Bonnets or Habeneros or something to be honest, which would be welcome though unremarkable, but I swiftly put them to use anyway. Back when I made my previous post on this subject I was cooking my own meals quite often but lately, as a result of some remarkably cheap options (as well as laziness I guess!) I've mainly been having takeaways.
previous post, and as connoisseurs of spicy food probably will already know, chilli hotness is measured in 'Scoville' units - weedy examples like Jalapeños tip the scales at around 5,000 SHU's (Scoville Heat Units), for instance, while hotter chillies like Scotch Bonnets weigh in at around 300,000 SHU's. When I looked up the fairly innocent-looking Komodo Dragons, however, I was a little started to find them even higher on the scale. A lot higher.
Indeed, according to various online articles I found, these newcomers hit up to 1.4 million SHU's. By the beard of Zeus that's hot! It actually puts them among the very hottest chillies in the world, exceeding the much-fabled Naga Viper and topped only (currently) by the 7-Pot Douglah, varieties of Trinidad Scorpions, and the superbly-named Carolina Reaper which breaches the 2 million barrier for the first time.
But no, aside from "Eye-wateringly hot" written in small inconspicuous letters on the packet, there's no reason to think they aren't just Scotch Bonnets or something, as as I did. But that's okay I guess, it just made them more of an unexpected treat, and one that has been repeated many times over the last few months. So now, I'll just leave you to revel in their majesty and ferocity too.