Friday, September 20, 2013 - 16:00

Chillies will be taking centre stage at the Eden Project Harvest Food Festival over the next four days, from Saturday, September 21 until Tuesday, September 24.

Visitors will have the chance to sample some of the world’s hottest chillies each day at 11am and 3:30pm in the Mediterranean Biome. The selection includes the fiery Apache chilli, which measures 200,000 on the Scoville scale - the measurement of the strength or pungency of a chilli.

Eden’s gardeners will be giving chilli talks each day at 12:30pm where people can learn about the colourful array of chillies on display, including the notorious Dorset Naga - one of the hottest chillies in the world.

Also, there will be demonstrations in the dome tent each day at 2:30pm where local chefs will be creating chilli-infused dishes that pack a punch. In addition, Michael Michaud, who developed the Dorset Naga, will be doing talks throughout the day on a variety of topics including how to grow chillies, how to cook with them and why they change colour.

Emma Smart, Eden Narrator, said: “We’ve got a great selection of chillies on offer for everyone to try, from sweet and tasty peppers to ones that make your mouth explode, but don’t worry - we’ve got plenty of milk on hand!”

The Chilli Festival is part of Eden’s Harvest Food Festival, which runs until Sunday, October 13. The season of events includes a week focused on beer, wine and cider, culminating in a Beer Festival on October 5, and a week dedicated to baobab, an African super-fruit that is six times richer in vitamin C than oranges.

For more information on chillies and all of the Harvest activities, go to: