China’s Hunan province is famous for its chilli pepper industry, as well as its typical spicy pepper-infested dishes. To promote the pepper product, the annual chilli pepper festival is held this summer. A local teenager won the chilli-eating contest.
ChannelNewsAsia reports that he finished 50 Tabasco chilli peppers in 68 seconds, beating nine other contestants. Although there were doctors at hand, the boy managed to swallow and digest the peppers without harm. According to the news report, Tang Shuaihui and as competitors sat in a shallow pool filled with water and three tonnes of floating chilli’s.
For an idea of the magnitude of the challenge: a Tabasco pepper ranks 30,000 to 50,000 on the Scoville Heat Scale that measures the piquancy of chilli’s. That puts the Tabasco chilli between a jalapeno and a habanero.
In case you want to give pepper-eating a try: the pepper festival lasts until the end of August. A fresh chilli-eating contest is held daily.
Further reading on channelnewasia.com