It’s ready to explode and not just in the mouth. The ‘bhut jolokia’ – recognised as the hottest of spices – will pack a punch when mixed with handgrenades to deal with terrorists, as trials by Indian defence scientists have shown.
A defence spokesperson said scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Tezpur in northern Assam were making a trial run of the hand grenades and other repellents by using the bhut jolokia.
“The chilli grenade is a non-toxic weapon and when used would force a terrorist to come out of his hideouts as the smell is so pungent that it would literally choke them,” R.B. Srivastava, a senior scientist and director of the DRDO said.
The DRDO scientists had already carried out trials for the hand grenades mixed with the world’s hottest chilli and so far the tests have been satisfactory.
The bhut jolokia belongs to the capsicum Chinese family and is native to Assam. It is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest of all spices.
The hotness of the bhut jolokia, measured in Scoville heat units was 1,001,304. It’s nearly twice as hot as Mexico’s red savina (577,000), the variety it replaced as the hottest. By comparison, a New Mexico green chilli contains about 1,500 Scoville units, while an average jalapeno measures at about 10,000.