A chilli grower from the NSW Central Coast has created what is believed to be the world's hottest chilli. Called the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, it is more than 200 times hotter than a jalapeno chilli.
Grower Marcel de Wit says the smoke is so potent, defensive clothing and a face mask must be worn when cooking. "The seed initially came from America, and was sent to the seed company on the Central Coast," he said.
To verify the world’s hottest chili pepper, the peppers are graded on the Scoville scale which rates spice power by tracking the presence of a chemical compound in chilies. The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T recorded an impressive 1.45 million heat units on the scale which is a little above the British Naga Viper (1.38 million). For those not familiar with the Scoville scale, the standard jalapeno pepper clocks in at around 5,000 heat units