Chilli added to dictionary

Garden and greenhouse enthusiasts may be interested to hear that a UK chilli variety has made it into the Collins English dictionary.

The Dorset Naga found fame this year after officially becoming one of the worlds hottest chilli peppers as part of tests using the Scoville scale.

Now, the spicy plant has been immortalised by sealing its place in the English language as one of more than 260 new additions, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) revealed.

The definition reads: "A British-grown variety of the Naga Jolokia chilli pepper noted for its extreme heat."

Also included in the dictionary is an excerpt from the Times, which warns that it would be foolish to attempt to eat one whole, with doing so likely to result in hospital treatment .

As the name suggests, the variety was bred in Dorset by Michael and Joy Michaud, who admitted to being excited at its addition to the renowned publication as part of its 30th gold edition.

Mrs Michaud explained that it was previously thought that no chilli could reach the one million heat level mark.

Meanwhile, the RHS recently reported that climate change could put Scottish forests under pressure, with drier summers causing drought.