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Ghost Pepper
Guinness World Records named the bhut jolokia, also known as the ghost pepper, as the hottest pepper. It's rated at over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale. (Tabasco sauce, by contrast, is between 2,500-5000 Scoville units). Bushwick's Jay Sheldon has a company called Bhut Pepper that sells the pepper dried, as flakes, and, perversely, in candy. Get your Hazmat gear out.

Little Pepper
For memorable Sichuan fare, head out to Little Pepper, 1824 College Point Blvd [18th/20th Aves.] 718.939.7788, that has relocated from Flushing to College Point. It's still some of the most intense food of its kind in the city, and of course they make much use of many kinds of peppers, including green, pickled, chili, and Sichuan peppercorns (not technically a pepper, but never mind).

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper
While we're on the subject of Sichuan peppercorns, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop, an exploration of Chinese food and culture, makes an excellent companion read to Jennifer 8 Lee's The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.

Pepper Mill
Peugeot pepper mills have been many a home cook's choice for their reliability. But Cook's Illustrated thinks otherwise, picking the Unicorn Magnum Plus as the best pepper mill on the market.

We could nibble on these for a very long time: at wine bar Casellula, 401 W. 52nd [9th/10th] 212.247.8137, they take the South African Peppadews (pickled peppers with a sweet start and a pleasantly warm kick), stuff them with buffalo mozzarella, and wrap with speck.

Piment Brûlant
L'Artisan Parfumeur's Piment Brûlant lets you add some Fresh Direct to your eau de toilette, with its notes of hot red pepper and chocolate.

Hot Sauce
Pure Death Sauce, Hellfire and Damnation Hot Sauce, Crazy Mother Pucker's Liquid Lava Hot Sauce are all for sale at Hot Sauce World. Get capsaicin-realted news at Hot Sauce Blog.

Pepper LaBeija
Among the memorable characters in the wonderful Harlem drag ball documentary Paris Is Burning, surely the one who will stay with you is the late, great Pepper LaBeija.

Dr. Pepper
This Dr. Pepper FAQ will tell you about Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, whether or not there was a real Dr. P., and how the Beatles are part of Pepperiana.

Black Pepper Bodywash
Pepper has been very good to Molton Brown. The popular (and pricey) line of skincare, bath, and body products from the U.K. has its biggest hit with the Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash, which adds an addictive, richly exotic aroma to a daily shower. Added to the mix is vetiver, basil, bergamot, and vanilla. Pasta sauce/body wash. You decide.

Tellicherry pepper
Get your Tellicherry pepper fix, along with soothing lemon verbena, in the chevre from Nettle Meadow Goat Farm, in Thurman, NY. Where to buy.


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