Thursday, September 28, 2006

Siling Labuyo is not so Hot

We were born to believe that our siling labuyo is the hottest pepper, bar none. Now they are telling us it is India's Naga Jolokia pepper. it looks like the Habanero and sometimes incorrectly claimed to be a Capsicum frutescens (like our labuyo) but most experts agree that it is a Capsicum chinense. In 2000 it was reported to have a rating of 855,000 units on the Scoville scale, and later 1,041,427 units (through HPLC analysis in 2004), which would mean it is hotter than the hybrid cultivar Red Savina pepper. Siling labuyo aka piquin or prik khee nu in Thai measures 300,000 to 500,000 Scoville Units, way below jolokia but is 7-8 times hotter than jalapeƱos on the Scoville scale. Nora Aunor was once quoted as saying na if there's a typhoon coming, ang unang prinoprotektahan ay ang alagang sili. This is also the same yarn I ehard about Kalingas. Anyway there are refuations on the Naga Jolokia so we may have yet to get our image back


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