Pepper Seeds - Hot - Bhut Jolokia (Red Ghost)
- 15 Seeds
- 90-120 Days to Maturity
- Distinctive Wrinkly Red Peppers with Smoky, Sweet, and Spicy Flavor
- Scoville Rating Exceeding 1 Million Units
- Full Sun, Well-Draining Soil, and Moderate Moisture Required
- Produces One of the Hottest Peppers Worldwide
- Diverse Culinary Applications in Various Global Cuisines
- Challenging and Rewarding Growth for Adventurous Gardeners
History: Hailing from the regions of India, the Ghost Pepper, also known as Bhut Jolokia or Bhutan Pepper, is steeped in cultural and culinary traditions. A hybrid result of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens, this pepper has made its mark globally due to its intense heat. It's not just the Scoville rating that places it on the map, but its unique color variations, which range from red and yellow to chocolate, peach, and even purple.
Uses: The Ghost Pepper's extreme heat offers a myriad of culinary applications. It's a staple in Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, and Bangladeshi cuisines. Beyond traditional dishes, its smoky, sweet, and spicy flavor has found its way into hot sauces, spice blends, BBQs, marinades, and dips. However, one must proceed with caution when using them. The intense heat can easily overshadow other flavors, making the dish overly spicy. It's essential to use them judiciously, especially if catering to those unaccustomed to such high heat levels.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Starting the Ghost Pepper journey requires full sun, warm temperatures, and well-draining soil. Sow seeds indoors and ensure consistent moderate moisture. After the threat of frost has passed and the seedlings are strong, transplant them outdoors, spacing them adequately to accommodate growth. As they mature over 90-120 days, the peppers will develop their characteristic wrinkly appearance. When handling these fiery peppers, always use gloves and exercise caution to avoid skin or eye irritations. This challenging grow is a rewarding endeavor for those who can brave its heat.