Indian Chili Bomb: Military Uses Bhut Jolokia Pepper vs Terrorism
The “bhut jolokia”—the world’s spiciest chili pepper—is now the Indian military’s newest weapon against terrorism.
Defence officials are using the red hot chili pepper to make “chili grenades” as a substitute for tear gas to immobilize suspects. Officials are also hoping to make an aerosol spray using the pepper for women to use against attackers and for police use in mob situations.
While the potent pepper is regularly eaten, its spice can leave a bad taste in the mouths of terrorists when used as a weapon. The military hopes to use its strong, pungent scent to choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts.
The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defence laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organization,” said defence spokesman Col. R. Kalia.
Bhut Jolokia Too Hot to Handle
The bhut jolokia, from the Assam region of northeast India, earned its world’s spiciest chili title when it was officially added to the Guinness World Records in 2007. It is used to settle stomach aches and, despite it’s 5-alarm flavour, combat the country’s summer heat.
Also known as the “ghost chili,” the bhut jolokia measures more than 1,000,000 Scoville units.
The Scoville scale measures the piquance (hotness and spiciness) of a food by the amount of capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers. Classic Tabasco measures between 2,500 and 5,000 Scoville units.
- 0 – Bell Pepper
- 100-500 – Pimento
- 500-2,500 – Peppadew
- 2,500-8,000 – Jalapeño
- 10,000-23,000 – Serrano Pepper
- 30,000-50,000 – Cayenne Pepper
- 50,000-100,000 – Bird’s Eye Chili
- 100,000-350,000 – Habanero Chili
- 350,000-580,000 – Red Savina Habanero
- 855,000-1,050,000 – Bhut Jolokia
- 5,000,000-5,300,000 – Law Enforcement Grade Pepper Spray
- 15,000,000-16,000,000 – Pure Capsaicin