UK: Tesco to sell hottest chilli pepper

The Bedfordshire Super Naga, the UK's hottest commercially grown chilli pepper, is now to be found on supermarket shelves around the country...complete with a warning not to handle with bare hands.

Salvatore Genovese, a Bedfordshire farmer who produces an astonishing 500,000 mouth-scorching chilli peppers every week, has unleashed the hell-raising Super Naga, his most powerful variety of chilli yet, and it will be sold exclusively by Tesco.

A chilli pepper's heat is measured in Scoville Units, and last year the 40-year-old farmer produced his notorious Bhut Jolokia, a pepper of just over one million Scovilles that the Guinness Book of Records has described as 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Genovese's brand new wrinkly little red devil, the Super Naga, climbs the ladder of heat to an almighty 1.12 million Scovilles.

The Naga's Tesco packaging is emblazoned with a six chilli icon warning and labels reading 'Super Super Hot', 'The Hottest' and, in full block capital letters: 'Warning! Do not touch without gloves. Skin irritant. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after preparation to avoid irritation.'

Inside the packet the guidelines read: 'Use with caution. Ideally used in Bangladeshi dishes, its scorching heat combined with a distinctive fruity aroma makes it the chilli of choice for cooks wanting a new experience.'
Ouch: The new Bedfordshire Super Naga comes with a warning not to handle with bare hands.

Tesco chilli buyer Gethyn Formby said: 'Chilli fans will love the Bedfordshire Super Naga as it has a wonderful fruity flavour to match its searing heat level.

'The heat builds slowly allowing you to savour the full flavour. It's very deceptive because it takes a good 30 seconds for the heat to really start working and then it continues to build for a few minutes.

'It's definitely not for the faint-hearted and should be tasted with extreme caution.'


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