Owner of a hot pepper farm eats hottest pepper in the world

December 3, 2010 | By Abraham | 12 comments

Perhaps you remember the video of the teenager eating a ghost pepper.

When Jamie Kocher, CEO of the Waimea Bay Chili Pepper Company, takes a bite of one of these peppers, the result is not quite as schadenfreude-inducingly intense as when we watched that poor kid.

Still, it’s pretty crazy to see the effect this little vegetable has on someone who is pretty much a professional pepper-eater.


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  1. Jim Vellenga says:

    The problem is, as someone who likes spicy, I watch this and think, “Just how hot is it?” I know, there is something wrong with me when I have seen people so destroyed by this pepper that I even think of trying one, but there is a part of me that thinks of this as a challenge. Mental note, “Must resist.”

    1. Denita says:

      My husband the heat fiend thinks the same way. If anything, the more videos be sees of writhing agony-stricken pepper eaters, the more he licks his chops in anticipation. Me? I’ll just film it for YouTube. Hehe.

    2. Nicole says:

      I have the same thought sometimes. I eat Indian and Thai food without flinching usually, and did fine with “Stupid Hot” sauce, so I’m just curious…

  2. David Paul Regier says:

    My brother-in-law, a pepper freak, has some ghost pepper sauce. He’ll put two or three drops in a bowl of chili. Since I had watched the previous video with the teenager, of course I had to try some. I put one drop on a bite of grilled cheese sandwich.

    I started sweating immediately, well before I could feel the heat in my mouth and throat. With the sauce, the burning lasted for maybe 10 minutes. But it’s a little hard to explain how good I felt after eating it. Definitely an anti-depressant.

    But I don’t think I’d ever actually eat one by itself. A man’s got to know his limitations.

    1. Denita says:

      Was it Dave’s Reserve Jolokia Sauce? Comes in a wooden box wrapped in Caution tape? My husband loves that stuff. Had a batch of black beans with five big drops in it and happily scarfed it down. His ears turned a pretty shade of red!

  3. Jen says:

    My husband and I went to the Snowmass Chili & Brew fest this past week in CO. We both had the ghost pepper chili and it was wonderful!!!!!! Very very very hot – it was a 24 hr experience – but it was YUMMY!

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