Bhut Jolokias are almost unimaginably hot — they are the spiciest chiles in the world, approximately 250 times hotter than your average jalapeno. Now, India’s defense department has decided harness the power of this natural resource, which is grown in the northeastern state of Assam.
The chiles are used in small quantities in food, and are sometimes smeared on fences to keep animals out of crops, but this is the first time they’ve been employed in stun grenades, designed to immobilize opponents without killing them.
R. B. Srivastava, who works for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, told the AP: “This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs.”
It’s actually just a form of pepper spray, which is made from capsaicin, but on serious steroids.
You can actually buy the chiles dried at Kalustyans, and use them to make the world’s hottest salsa. At first the chile tastes floral and smoky, but when the heat kicks in, it’s mostly pure pain. Unless you’re a masochist, they’re better in small quantities.
Just don’t fall afoul of the law in India and you’ll be fine.
[via Grub Street]