By Jim (Habanero) Duffy
Bhut Jolokia (Capsicum Chinense)
The Bhut Jolokia is one of the hottest chiles in the world. Tested in 2006 by Dr. Paul Bosland of New Mexico State University
it broke the previous heat record held by the Red Savina. The Red Savina was found at 577,000 Scoville units in a single test
in the early 1990's. Multiple tests done by Dr. Bosland and other labs came in at over 1,047,000 Scoville units and it was
promptly awarded the new Guinness Record for chile heat. The Bhut Jolokia also know as the Ghost Chile comes from the northeastern
provinces of India just north of Bangladesh. Most of it today is grown commercially in Assam, India.
It is also called by many
other names like Naga Jolokia, Bih Jolokia and Ghost pepper. It is called the Ghost by natives because after eating the Ghost
chile some are devastated by the heat and look so bad as if they have seen a ghost! The Bhut Jolokia chile plant produces long pendant pods
that grow to a point and have a bumpy or pimply texture. The peppers can get over 5 inches in length though 3 inches in more the
average. They ripen from light green to dark red. The flavor is smoky and some would say slightly bitter. Although many saucemakers
use it now, few utilize it's flavor in the right blend. In my opinion CaJohns "Holy Jolokia" and "Happy Beaver" are the better
sauces on the market.
Others are Race City Sauce Works "High Octane" and Unique Destiny's (Dragon's Blood Elixir) Ghost Pepper sauce. There are many
variations of the Bhut Jolokia. Others are the Yellow, Chocolate and Peach versions. All have different flavors too!
At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid
cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).
We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant