Last night, while at a restaurant with a friend, I did something that I have wanted to do for years but thought would never happen, particularly after I vowed not to do it.
But I figured, "what the heck?"
Yesterday evening, at long last, I ate Bhut jolokia: the notorious "ghost pepper" from India. Until recently, certified as the hottest pepper on the face of the Earth.
(Yes, there are photographs of this happening. My friend took them with his iPhone but I don't have them yet. Suffice it to say they are rather... interesting.)
So, what did I think? Bhut jolokia is extremely hot. However it is not as hot as I had long anticipated. All along I've had visions of my bare tongue pressed against the inner circles of Dante's Inferno. What I experience instead was a fiery hot pepper that made my face burn crimson but otherwise was not at all unpleasant. I may try it again sometime.
(For sake of disclosure, I must note that after eating Bhut jolokia, I chased it down with a rich chocolate milkshake. So that might have had something to do with the Bhut jolokia not haunting my digestive tract as I slept last night and throughout today.)
Maybe I should try the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper next, since its heat is said to trounce that of Bhut jolokia. What sayeth y'all?
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