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The World’s Hottest Pepper Heats Up Epcot

posted on August 12th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Bhut Jolokia pepper

How hot could it be? You brave souls who’ve wondered while floating by “The World’s Hottest Pepper” inside The Land Pavilion at Epcot should probably see today’s blog video. The Bhut Jolokia pepper is from northeastern India and currently grows with the habanero at the Living with the Land attraction. But don’t mistake the two peppers. Bhut Jolokia brings a different level of burn. It’s at the top of the scale for spicy heat (Scoville heat index).

Type of Pepper – Scoville Rating

  • Bhut Jolokia – 1,000,000+
  • Habanero – 500,000
  • Bell Pepper – 0

And at that heat level, the tiniest of tastes will make you break out in sweat and maybe even frantically dance in place as our “crop correspondent” Gary found out:

Of course, you can’t taste the Bhut Jolokia at Epcot but you might see it and other crops native to different cultures during a visit to Living with the Land. Tell us in comments if you or anyone you know has joined Gary and actually tasted a pepper.

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Suzannah from FL on August 12th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Oh, Gary! I hope you headed to Beaches & Cream and had about 10 milkshakes after that! You are a brave, brave man!


Jillian from NJ on August 12th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

A friend of mine ordered a batch of dried ones and put them in a salsa… I tried it and my mouth was on FIRE for over an hour, even after I chugged a tall glass of milk! It’s crazy hot!


Thomas Smith on August 12th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I believe it. A batch? Not sure I’d try that.


Heather from KY on August 12th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

It was oddly satisfying to watch Gary dance after that, though had I been there, I’m sure I would have been dancing right along with him. Would could pass up the opportunity to try a world-record-holding ANYTHING? Kudos to Gary for being the brave/crazy one to do it!

Now – what did you do with the rest of that pepper? Take it back to the office and try to slip it into the lunches of unsuspecting co-workers?


Danica on August 12th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Oh man, I feel like my mouth is on fire just watching that.

When I did the Behind the Seeds tour in May (which I highly recommend to everyone!) our Tour Guide told us about that pepper… from what she said, I would never, ever have done what Gary did. Kudos to him for his bravery!


David on August 12th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I didn’t taste it at the park, but a restaurant in Cleveland (AMP 150) has a hot sauce, made by the bartender, that’s made with the peppers…I’ve had it, and it’s hot!


Ashley on August 12th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

if we knew that back in June, you would have my mother there every day! She LOVES peppers! :) especially jalapenos, she can eat a red one straight up without water!!


Raymond from TN on August 12th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Do they let anybody try one if you want to?


Thomas Smith on August 12th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Sorry, no tasting.


george from FL on August 12th, 2010 at 1:46 pm



Anjanette from FL on August 12th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

What you call Habanero’s we call them Scotch Bonnet in the West Indies.


Laura on August 12th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Love, love this video and cool information! Living with the land has always been one of my favorite Future World pavilions, and when very young inspired me to study science so when I grew up I could learn how to grow upside down plants! Alas, never did!


Nicole on August 12th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

My future father-in-law grows these in his garden. I stay far, far away from that section. I stick with the bell peppers haha!


Eliza from MA on August 12th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

What is going to be done with these peppers once they are fully grown?


Landon from MI on August 13th, 2010 at 8:11 am

I’ve always wanted to taste one of these. What exactly are these grown for? I wish there was a place to taste these in a dish or something.;)


Kaylene from MA on August 13th, 2010 at 9:14 am

Gary, you are very brave! I just showed your video to my 14 year old son. As someone who puts regular “red pepper flakes” on his pizza, you are now his hero.

Fantastic video!


Cindy from FL on August 13th, 2010 at 9:21 am

OMG Gary! I can’t believe you did that! I knew you were crazy but this?? Wow!


Pamela on August 13th, 2010 at 9:22 am

Gary, you are one brave fella! Do they use the peppers to create dishes that we can taste…if not, what do they do with all the peppers that they are growing.


Steve from SC on August 13th, 2010 at 10:20 am

Ha! Very funny! Loved it! Thanks for posting.


Cathy on August 13th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

LOVE Gary’s Hot Pepper Dance!


Whitney on August 14th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I hope Gary got “hazard pay” for trying the pepper!


Stella from NJ on August 15th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

wow,that was crazzy,eating that pepper like that,but I hear sugar cools your toung off. lol.So I guess whet ever you grow in there is used in the cafes in WDW, right?


Tiffany from FL on August 20th, 2010 at 10:49 am

Wow Gary, you’re so brave after tasting that little monster! I’m heading to Epcot in October and will ride Living With The Land just to see it!