Having fun with chili in Songjiang

About 100 chili species are grown at Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District, and foreign tourists are invited to participate in a fun chili competition on Saturday. 
Ti Gong

Expatriates and foreign tourists in Shanghai are invited to participate in a chili competition at Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District on Saturday.

The annual event invites participants to taste a variety of chilis, including some of the world's spiciest chilis.

The fun competition starts at 10:30am, and foreign participants will be given free admission to the garden and they can participate in vegetable picking events after the competition.

The big taste challenge will be to try Carolina Reaper — the world's spiciest chili. Bred in South Carolina, the pepper is red and gnarled, with a small pointed tail. In 2013, Guinness World Records dubbed it the hottest chili of them all.

Ding Jie, an expert at the garden, said the pepper has a unique mixed taste of tangerine, cinnamon and smoky flavor.

Other chilis that will challenge the tastebuds include Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T," Bhut jolokia known as ghost pepper, and Caribbean Red Habanero.

About 100 chili species are grown at the garden.

For those who want to take part, the English hotline is 021-37792288.

Ti Gong
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