Spicy Spectacles: The Hunt For The World's Hottest Pepper

Read Mary Roach's Smithsonian magazine piece "The Gut-Wrenching Science Behind the World's Hottest Peppers."

Part of a competition in Northeast India, Pu Zozam ate five chili peppers, then collapsed. Food scientists call the Bhut Jolokia he ate one of the world's hottest peppers. Writer Mary Roach talks about her experience traveling to the state of Nagaland to try the pepper for herself.

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