A chilli grown in the market town of Grantham, Lincolnshire, is the hottest in the world, according to experts.

Infinity Chilli Grown in England is Hottest in the WorldImage credits

The Guinness Book of World Records has revealed that the “Infinity chili,” which is rated a fiery 1.17 million on the Scoville scale of hotness, has ousted the previous title holder, Bhut Jolokia from India.

The chilli is small and red and gives little warning of the incredible heat within.

Chilli grower Nick Woods, 39, who also owns a hot sauce outlet called Fire Foods, says he developed the Infinity Chilli accidentally.

“There are 4,000 different varieties of chilli, and they’re really easy to cross. I knew as soon as I saw it in the polytunnel,” Woods said.

“It stood out, and when I dissected it I could tell by the skin tissue and the seeds that it was a hot one.”

Speaking about breaking world record, Woods said: “That’s all I want, just to make into one book. It’s not every day someone from Grantham makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records and I’m available to switch on the Christmas lights this year if anyone wants me!”

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