You’ve no doubt heard the name, but how much do you really know about the legendary ghost pepper? This pepper is truly the stuff scary movies are made of because it’s packed with an almost frightening amount of heat! In fact, at one time the ghost pepper was officially the hottest chili pepper in the world. Hundreds of times hotter than ordinary Tabasco sauce or even a mild jalapeno, the ghost pepper tops 1 million SHUs and holds the honor of being the very first hot pepper to hit this extremely high mark. While it may no longer hold the world title when it comes to the hottest pepper around, it still packs in quite a punch.
Also known as the Bhut Jolokia, the super hot ghost pepper actually goes by a variety of names. No matter what it’s called, though, this pepper is hot! Traced back to parts of India and Bangladesh, the pepper’s actually been around for generations, though you’d probably never suspect that to be the case. That’s because it wasn’t introduced to the western world until around 2000, then quickly rose in popularity.
The ripe ghost pepper comes in a variety of colors, but don’t expect any of them to be tame. While only usually a few inches long and about an inch wide, this thumb-sized pepper hides about half of its spicy capsaicin in its pith, and the rest in its flesh! In other words, you simply can’t escape the sheer amount of hot spice packed into the super hot ghost pepper. While the heat may not kick in immediately, once it does it’s intense! We wouldn’t even recommend touching the super hot pepper with your bare hands. If you’re brave enough, give the ghost pepper a try! Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.