When it comes to growing peppers, many heat seekers are in search of producing the hottest pepper possible. While it obviously takes a lot of trial and error to come up with perfect pepper, some growers have already shown it’s entirely possible to produce an extremely hot pepper that leaves some of the old contenders in the dust. Take, for example, the fiery Habanero. Not even 20 years ago some considered it the hottest chili pepper on the planet. The Carolina Reaper pepper, though, almost puts the Habanero to shame, with a blast of hot that surpasses 2 million on the Scoville scale.
While it’s not likely that the inexperienced grower can easily surpass that with a new variety, some believe it’s entirely possible to give your own crop of peppers a fighting chance. That brings us to some of the most important tips, shared by growers, in producing super hot peppers at home. First of all, you don’t want to use too much water. It’s suggested that too much water could dilute the heat of the pepper. Another tip is to make sure you’re allowing enough time for the peppers to grow and build up enough heat. Finally, while you may be anxious about trying out your latest crop, you don’t want to be in too much of a hurry to pick the peppers. The color of the pepper reflects the pepper’s maturity.
If you simply cannot wait, you can always enjoy the result of a fiery hot pepper any time of the year. Some flavors of hot sauce are packed to the brim with scorching heat, at just the right level to set your taste buds on fire. So feel free to give pepper growing a try, but remember you can always grab a bottle of the truly hot stuff while you’re waiting.