Refining Fire Chiles' chiles plants

Me (on the right) and my son with the local scout troop and leaders An assortment of different chiles that I grow hydroponically in "The Garden" And of course, a photo of "The Garden"

The Naga Morich (The Serpent Chile)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

Naga Morich (Serpent) chile
The Naga Morich also know as the serpent chile comes from the country of Bangladesh south of Notheast India. It is interesting to note that the provinces in Northeast India where the Bhut grows are the neighbor to Bangladesh. So climate and environment are the same.

It is also known as the sister chile of the Bhut Jolokia or Ghost chile. Pods have a pimply texture like a Bhut Jolokia but the Naga Morich is smaller with small ribbing in the skin. Flavor is less earthy than a Bhut Jolokia and heat is the same if not hotter.

The Bhut Jolokia tested at over 1,000,000 scoville units of heat. Guiness has it listed at the World's Hottest Chile Pepper on earth. However an unofficial test at Warwick University in England had a dried Naga Morich pepper pod come in at over 1,500,000 Scoville units!!! There is another variation of this chile called the Dorset Naga. Developed in England but as far as I can tell there is no difference in heat or flavor.

The Naga Morich Chile
Until the official competition happens why not grow and taste both the Bhut Jolokia and the Naga Morich!. We are growing them now in 2009 and have seeds available all year round. Plants May through August and fresh chiles in October. If you are going to get bitten by a snake make it a Naga Morich.

Other superhot Chilli Peppers we are growing are Trinidad Scorpion, Trinidad 7 Pot, Bhut Jolokia and Trinidad Yellow 7 Pod. Also producing seed stock for Orange Bhut Jolokia and Chocolate Bhut Jolokia. We grow our Naga Morich plants Hydroponically.

The Naga Morich Chile
Plants grown for seed stock are isolated to avoid cross-pollination. We also have a full garden of other rare or hard to find organic vegetables. Find out more about our other produce at Selah Harvest!

Check out our chile blog or contact us through our contact form on the left.

Home of the Naga Morich (Serpent) chile

Why I do what I do - Youth Venture


I was first drawn to chiles out of curiosity, not knowing that they would lead me to a greater purpose in life. Seeing the impact I had at the youth centers inspired me to do more for the kids, and the more I did, the more impact I had. God had introduced me to something as simple as a chile pepper. Where would it lead?

See more of the kids, special events and the visiting Aztecs team in the photo gallery
My inspiration came from God, the one who made chiles! I was bringing dinners weekly to two youth centers. The kids loved the food, and I began to love them. One day in 2006 I found myself with leftover food, so I went to a larger El Cajon center and offered it there. I remember a little boy asking me if I would be back. "Yes, I will," I replied.

Now I was at two centers on Wednesdays and one on Fridays.

My continued work with these youth is inextricably tied to, "Refining Fire." Though the business is not 100% non-profit, the expansion of salsa and chile sales enables me to increase my work with Youth Venture. The generation that succeeds us will inherit this earth. All of them were born with a purpose. We can contribute to their success by finding creative ways to love them.

Though I do not accept donations, you may contribute to Youth Venture by contacting Suzanne Alicardi at Foothills Christian Church (619-442-7728). I trust the our website will contribute to your knowledge of chiles and hydroponic gardening. Most of all, I hope that you will volunteer to help youth wherever you live.

Jim (Habanero) Duffy

Call me for more info on the world's rarest and hottest chiles (others also available) and get your fresh Gourmet Salsa now too—see the main site for more details! Also sign-up for hydroponics classes (must live in the San Diego, California area).

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