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Grantham firm grows world's hottest chilli

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: April 05, 2010

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It might not have the climate you would expect for a producer of powerful spices but Lincolnshire is fast becoming a hotbed for super hot chillies.

Fire Foods, a small chilli growing business in Grantham has produced the hottest chilli in the world, narrowly pipping previous title holder the Jolokia Bhut to the post.

The Infinity Chilli measures in at 1,067,286 on the Scoville Scale which is used to measure the heat of peppers.

Rainy Lincolnshire is an unlikely home for the fiery foodstuff but breeder Nick 'Woody' Woods, 37, manages to keep the temperatures up in his growing tunnel all year round.

He said: "It is up to 80 today and that is on a pretty over-cast afternoon. I do manage to keep it hot enough.

"I can see why people might be surprised, you don't expect something so hot to be grown in Lincolnshire.

"We've grown the Bhut for a while as well and the two are so incredibly hot I think you'd struggle to tell the difference.

"On its own the Infinity is too hot to taste particularly nice but the flavours really come out in the sauce."

In tests done by the University of Warwick the Lincolnshire-produced capsicum narrowly beat the Jolokia Bhut, which weighed in at 1,041,427.

Produced in Doddington Hall among other places, the Jolokia Bhut proved popular with visitors to the farm shop and the Hall even hosted special cookery demonstrations with the plant.

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