The farmer, a quiet man with an easy smile, has spent a lifetime eating a chilli pepper with a strange name and a vicious bite. His mother stirred them into sauces. His wife puts them out for dinner raw, blood red morsels of pain to be nibbled - carefully, very carefully - with whatever she`s serving. Around here, in the hills of Changpool in Assam, it`s called the bhoot jolokia - the Ghost Chilli. Anyone who has tried it, they say, could end up an apparition.
Image: Farmers pluck Bhoot jolokia or Ghost chilli peppers at Changpool in Assam.