The ghost pepper, aka the Bhut Jolokia, is one of the hottest pepper in the world, topping over 1 Million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). The ghost pepper is also known by the following names – Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia, Bih jolokia, Nagahari, Raja Mircha, Raja chilli, Borbih jolokiai or Ghost Chili.
The Bhut Jolokia is a naturally growing pepper that can be found primarily in northeastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh. However, species can also be found in Sri Lanka occasionally. Due to the fact that “bhut” means “ghost” in the Assam language, this pepper is often called the “ghost pepper,” in the Western world. These peppers have dented skin that is very thin and easy to tear.
The Bhut Jolokia (aka Ghost Pepper) measures in at 1,000,000 + Scoville Heat Units. It offers up some intense heat. The hottest ghost pepper is 416 times hotter than the mildest jalapeno pepper, which averages about 5,000 Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale, and about 208 times hotter than the average jalapeno pepper…!!!
The first flavor you will notice is an intense fruity, sweet chili flavor. The heat does not kick in for 30 – 45 seconds. Once the heat kicks in, expect sweating, watery eyes, hiccups and shortness of breath. The burning generally intensifies over 10 – 15 minutes and subsides after 30 – 40 minutes.
Because of their intense heat, but also because of their fruity flavor, ghost peppers are great for making hot sauces, for dehydrating into powders or chili flakes, or for chopping and cooking into larger meals, like pots of stew or pots of chili. The heat will really bloom in a large pot.