Hottest chili of the world grows in north-eastern part of IndiaWe know very little about the north-eastern states. We don't know about the colourful tribes of the region, their culture, tradition, fighting ability, their dress, social custom and the resplendent beauty of nature of the region. We don't know about the diversity of flora and fauna of the region.
In this small thread, we will talk about ''Bhoot jhalokia/Bhoot jolokia/Naga jolokia'', a beautifully coloured fruit of north-east. Have you heard about this? The colour is brilliant red or orange. Whenever you see a Bhoot Jolokia, you will get tempted to taste it because of its colour. It is found in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur. But beware! Only one small seed of this chilli is enough to send you to hospital for a day with unbearable pain. One small bite of Bhoot Jolokia will take the person to the 'land of no-return''.
One of my relatives cautioned me that the name itself means that even the ghosts feel the pain if they partake it (Bhoot means Ghost; Jhalokia-Jhal in Bengali/Assamese, Teekha in Hindi, Hot in English).
Bhoot Jolokia got the ''honour'' of the hottest chili of the world in 2007. The scientists of DRDO have been planning to use this great chili (in powder form) in hand-grenades to flush out the terrorists from their den without killing them.