The Dorset Naga pepper is a cultivar grown in Dorset, England that is believed to be related to the Naga Jolokia pepper. Some claim it is even hotter than the Naga Jolokia or Bhut Jolokia, which holds the current Guinness Book of World records title of hottest pepper in the world.
It’s difficult to determine which one is hotter because the results of testing on the Scoville scale depend on different things such as the soil the peppers were grown in and the testing method used. The Dorset Naga has scored in a range between 900,000 and 1,600,000 HU.
The people responsible for brining this new cultivar to the world are Michael and Joy Michaud, owners of Peppers by Post, a mail order pepper company based in West Dorset. They developed it over several years using a selection process from varying seeds of the Naga Morich, a Bangladeshi pepper that is popular in Britain among the Bangladeshi population.
The Dorset Naga is a small, red, wedge-shaped pepper much like the Naga Jolokia or Bhut Jolokia pepper. These peppers all look very similar to Habanero chilis except that they have wrinkled skin while Habaneros are smooth-skinned.
Since I’m one of those foolish chili pepper lovers who feels the irrational need to prove how much heat I can handle, I’m going to have to try both the Dorset Naga and the Naga Jolokia sometime. I’m sure I will regret it. Then again, life is too short and too full of interesting chili peppers for regrets.