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World's hottest chili pepper a mouthful for prof

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• Guinness World Records: New Mexico professor finds world's hottest chili pepper
• Bhut Jolokia comes in at 1,001,304 Scoville heat units, which measures hotness
• Chili pepper is nearly twice as hot as the variety it replaces
• Professor Paul Bosland says Bhut Jolokia translates as ghost chili
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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) -- Paul Bosland recalls taking a bite of a chili pepper and feeling like he was breathing fire.

He gulped down a soda, thinking, "That chili has got to be some kind of record."

The Guinness World Records agreed, confirming recently that Bosland, a regents professor at New Mexico State University, had discovered the world's hottest chili pepper, Bhut Jolokia, a naturally occurring hybrid native to the Assam region of northeastern India.

The name translates as ghost chili, Bosland said.

"We're not sure why they call it that, but I think it's because the chili is so hot, you give up the ghost when you eat it," he said.

Bhut Jolokia comes in at 1,001,304 Scoville heat units, a measure of hotness for a chili. It is nearly twice as hot as Red Savina, the variety it replaces as the hottest.

By comparison, a New Mexico green chili contains about 1,500 Scoville units; an average jalapeno measures at about 10,000.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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The Guinness World Records recognizes Bhut Jolokia as the world's hottest chili pepper. It's a naturally occurring hybrid native to northeastern India's Assam region.

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