How hot are your chillies?
The hotness in a chilli is rated in Scoville units. The bell peppers (capsicum) and pimento have a Scoville unit ranging between 0-100 while the Scoville scale for habanero and Scotch bonnet is 1,00,000-3,50,000.
The hottest chili in the world is the Naga jolokia which is approximately 10,55,000 in the Scoville Scale. The Naga jolokia or the ghost pepper is found in Tezpur town of Assam, India.
Jolokia or Ghost Pepper
Chilli was used in Mexico as early as 7000 BC. The chilli was brought to rest of the world by Christopher Columbus.
Chilli was introduced in India around 1498 by Vasco-da-Gama and since then it has become an important part of Indian cuisine.
Chillies are an excellent source of vitamin C, and also helps relieve nasal congestion and prevent blood clots