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The actual meaning of the word Bhot Jolokia, the world’s hottest chilly

Rebati Neog

Assam's Bhoot Jolokia has become famous as the worlds hottest chilly a few months back. Guinness Book of World Records has awarded this title to our very own red chili and the media all across has been covering this event widely. But almost all reports in English named this chilly as “ghost chilly” translating the name directly from Assamese. In Assamese “bhut” stands for “ghost”. Bhot actually means people of Bhutan. Awarded chili is Bhot Jolokiya not Bhut Jolokiya In Assam everyone knows it. Some journalist made this mistake sometime back and it is continuing
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Ranu Baruwa's picture

Thanks to Mr. Neog for the report. Regarding the name of 'Bhoot jalakia' re(?)search should be done how this variety of chilly got this name. Hope to get feedback. Would like to know details about this variety.
Prasanta Borah's picture

THANKS TO MR. REBATI NEOG FOR THE INFORMATION ABOUT BHOT JALAKIA.
Crossword's picture

Can someone provide an English phonetic spelling of "jolokia" (i.e., can some one tell me how "jolokia" is pronounced in English)? Thanks.
titu's picture

Thanks rebati. Atlast i got the true spelling and the meaning of bhot jolokia
Pravin's picture

Can some one help me to get Bhot Jolokai seeds for that I will pay all the charges. just send me 50 grams seed packet by corier.
l.upendro singh's picture

Actually the so called bhoot chilly is entirely found in the north east region of India. So better not to comment on the name or whatsever. There is no doubt that it has got great quality .so dear, if u really want to know then contect me..
Rajesh Singha's picture

BTW..... its total bullsh** that its BHOT JOLOKIA.. its actually "bhoot jolokia" and it means ghost chilly in assamese because of the hot spicy taste it produces. and crossword jolokia is pronounced as jo-lo-ki-aa

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