Hot-Facts about Chilli -& India's World record __***When landed in South America, Columbus discovered"CHILLI" and mistook it for pepper, naming it"Chile Pepper." ***Chilli was used from 7000 BC in Mexico and was cultivated from 3500 BC. ***There are nearly 400 Varieties of chilli. ***The hottest chilli 'Naga Jolokia' in the world is found in Tezpur, India. It is 855,000 in Scoville Scale.