London: UK's hottest commercially grown chilli pepper - the Bedfordshire Super Naga, can now be found on supermarket shelves, complete with a warning not to handle with bare hands. Salvatore Genovese, a Bedfordshire farmer who produces an astonishing 500,000 mouth-scorching chilli peppers every week, has unleashed the hell-raising Super Naga, his most powerful variety of chilli yet, and it will be sold exclusively by Tesco, a daily reported.

A chilli pepper's heat is measured in Scoville Units, and last year the 40-year-old farmer produced his notorious Bhut Jolokia, a pepper of just over one million Scovilles that the Guinness Book of Records has described as 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

Genovese's brand new wrinkly little red devil, the Super Naga, climbs the ladder of heat to an almighty 1.12 million Scovilles.

The Naga's Tesco packaging is emblazoned with a six chilli icon warning and labels reading "Super Super Hot," "The Hottest" and, in full block capital letters: "Warning! Do not touch without gloves. Skin irritant. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after preparation to avoid irritation." The Bedfordshire Super Naga costs 90 pence for a 15-gram packet.

(Agencies)

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