Jorhat, Assam: A group of agricultural scientists at the has claimed the , or Ghost chilli, a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens, once recorded as the hottest in the world by the , is losing its characteristic hotness with time. The scientists suggested changing patterns in Assam and cross-pollination as the main reasons.
According to the study the hotness of the chilli has reduced greatly in the past eight years. The hotness, which measured 1.5 million(SHU) in 2008, now measures only 0.4 million SHU.
With this, the Bhut Jolokia loses its status as the world’s hottest chilli, left behind by, reportedly,of the and the of .
We are now taking up some scientific works to maintain the original degree of pungency of bhot jolokia which we found eight years back. – Dr Hazarika
The scientists suggested cross-pollination and changing farming patterns in Assam were likely causes. However, they still have to check other possible influences such as changing agro-climatic conditions.
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