A chilli pepper that measures 1.4 million on the Scoville scale is now available at 500 Tesco stores in the UK (presumably the bigger ones) for the price of £1. It’s called the Komodo Dragon and to compare it to other spicy foods, a jalapeÃ±o is 3.5 Scovilles and a Scotch Bonnet is 350,000. In other words the Komodo Dragon is absolutely going to tear you apart if you dare to brave it.
Tesco’s unnamed chilli pepper buyer explains the pepper:
In recent years we’ve had the fearsome Dorset Naga, the searing Bhut Jolokia and the mouth-numbing Trinidad Scorpion.
But they all pale in comparison to the UK’s latest commercially grown chilli pepper — the mighty Komodo Dragon — which puts the others in the shade.
At first you can taste a wonderful hot fruitiness and it isn’t that spicy – there’s a delayed reaction with it.
But then after about 10 seconds the full might of this little demon hits you and your whole mouth is aglow.
This is definitely a chilli pepper for connoisseurs and for those who are experienced in eating really, super hot food.
I used to think I was one of those people, but then I tried to do a hot wings challenge and failed miserably so I don’t think I’ll be checking out the Komodo Dragon because I never want my mouth to be on fire for hours with my stomach tying itself in knots and unending streams of snot streaming out of my nose again. That’s not to even mention my radioactive shit the next day.
If you think you can handle it though, please be my guest and send us in some videos too for the site because they’ll inevitably be hilarious, like this one of an orchestra trying to perform after eating the world’s hottest chilli pepper as of 2012, The Carolina Reaper. Not a pretty sight.