ONE of the UK’s largest supermarket chains has added three of the hottest in the world to its range.
The company says the move is in response to the growing blockade demand for super tough chillies.
Which supermarket put them up for sale?
Shoppers of Tesco stores in the UK will be able to catch even more captivating varieties Carolina Reaper, Komodo Dragon and Armageddon from this weekend.
All three are grown by Bedfordshire pepper grower Salvatore Genovese, who supplies one million peppers a week to UK retailers.
But Tesco advises home chefs to use the new trio of “super spicy” varieties to take extreme care in preparation and consumption.
The Carolina Reaper was rated the hottest chili pepper in the world, measuring around 1.5 million units on the scale of the Scoville pepper – hundreds of times hotter than a jalapeno pepper.
What did Tesco say?
Chili buyer Tesco Emily Hampson said: “These super tough strains are not for beginners and we recommend that only experts who know what they are doing should try them out.”
Hampson added: “Despite their fierce heat, they are becoming increasingly popular with UK buyers.
“If you have some basic cooking skills and only use a smidgen with, for example, a little cream, then you can temper the heat to create a vibrant and delicious sauce from them.”
Who is growing the hottest peppers?
Mr. Genovese, whose family has grown for generations in the Blunham area of Bedfordshire, devoted himself to growing commercial chilli after graduating from agricultural college.
Now he receives orders from all over the world for chillies bred between spring and Christmas in greenhouses without artificial light.
Genovese, whose variety of Armageddon is believed to be the originally hottest chili pepper of British origin, commented: “When I started growing them nobody believed that the UK would have such a great appetite for chilli peppers, especially very spicy ones.
“But we have a growing chili culture and you just have to look online to see all the UK-based chili sauce companies that have sprung up in recent years.
“Each of these three varieties on sale at Tesco has subtle differences such as the fruitiness or the immediacy of its strength on the tongue”.
How much will they cost?
Chillies will cost £ 1 per package and will contain up to three peppers, depending on their size.