This video is of someone eating, essentially, the bubonic chronic chili. Ed Currie has bred what may be the world’s hottest pepper (HP22B). In this video, a hapless reporter eats it, pukes, hallucinates and ends up on the floor with daschund licking his face.
Kochi, or whatever people call it, is a stubby green pepper that people grow in gardens here. If you want a good kochi rice and curry, there’s a place in Rajagiriya, next to the Commercial Bank on old Rajagiriya Road. Behind the police station. This local chili is demonic – it burns your mouth, your fingers and your eyes if you get anywhere near them. I somehow manage to do the latter like every time. I end up sniveling and wiping my nose with newspaper, but it’s worth it.
This things are not bred for spiciness, however, they just grow. This chap Ed Currie is trying to breed chilis to be as spicy as they can be, which is pretty spicy.
“The first time we tried it, out of the six of us…four puked. So I knew I was on the right path, you know,” Currie says. (WFAE)
His interest stems from the (still largely untested) ability of capascins (the active burny part) to fight cancer. The stuff he’s making, however, seems like hydroponic marijuana compared to Thanamanwilla weed.
“Your heart will race, you’ll sweat,” Currie says. “You might shake, you might throw up. But once it gets into your blood stream and gets into your brain the capsaicin releases the same endorphins that narcotics do. So you get a euphoric feeling.”
After watching Marshall Terry eat the chili, however, I don’t want one.