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Naga Viper: A Rare, Hybrid Superhot Chili Pepper

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What Is A Naga Viper Pepper?

The Naga viper is a superhot chili from the capsicum annum species. The pepper originated from south Cumbria in the United Kingdom, and is a hybrid of three superhot peppers.

This pepper’s name sounds like a warning .  Naga  refers to a  cobra snake  in Sanskrit, while   viper  is the English name for a  poisonous snake . Think of a venomous cobra; you’ll understand naga viper’s heat stings.

In 2010, British chili enthusiast and owner of a Cumbria-based chili pepper company and farmer, Gerald Fowler, sought to create a record-breaking hot pepper.

He combined three hot peppers, including Trinidad Moruga scorpion , naga morich and ghost pepper, to make one superhot chili – Naga viper.

naga viper hybrid

The pepper’s pungency earned it the  Guinness book of records title as the hottest pepper in 2011 .

After one brief year, Trinidad scorpion bagged the prestigious title, and in 2017, Carolina reaper pepper broke the record and is still the holder.

Since the naga viper is a 3-way hybrid pepper, it has similar features to its parents, especially heat, appearance, and flavor.

Naga viper chilis share features with its parents with a combination of smooth, bumpy, or sometimes wrinkly skin, with some fruit presenting deep folds and grooves.                                        

Chili naga viper has a sweet, fruity taste like naga morich and an earthy undertone similar to ghost peppers. Additionally, these superhot chilis have a tanginess and a hint of citrus flavor.

Naga vipers feature slender, elongated shapes similar to the naga morich and ghost pepper. The tips are curvy and may sport a short scorpion’s tail like the Trinidad Moruga pepper.

These peppers are green when young, turning into a stunning orange-yellow hue and deep, bright red once they ripen.

Naga viper is small to medium-sized with a mature pepper growing 2- 3.5 inches long. A well-maintained pepper tree gets up to four feet tall.

How Hot Is The Naga Viper?

Nagas are superhot with a range of 900,000-1,382, 118 SHUs on the Scoville heat scale. The painfully hot chilis take after Trinidad Moruga scorpion and naga morich – the parent peppers.

The scorching Carolina reaper (2.2 million SHUs) has a heat level almost twice that of a naga viper chili.

Compared to a habanero chili (100,000-350,000 SHUs), naga viper peppers are 3-14 times hotter. The humble jalapenos (2,500-8,000 SHUs) are dwarfed by naga viper’s heat, making them 113-353 milder in spice.

Is The Naga Viper Pepper The Hottest Pepper In The World?

No. The Carolina reaper is the hottest pepper, with 2,200,000 Scoville heat units. The reaper is followed closely by the Trinidad Moruga scorpion (2,009,231 SHUs), 7 Pot douglah with (1,853,936 SHUs), 7 pot primo (1,469,000 SHUs) and Trinidad scorpion, a.k.a butch T (1,463, 700 SHUs).

Naga viper chilis follow in the sixth position.

Which Is Hotter – A Naga Viper Or Ghost Pepper?

Though with a small margin, a naga viper pepper is hotter than the ghost pepper. The viper has 1,382,118 SHUs on the Scoville scale, while Ghost pepper (bhut jolokia) boasts 1,041,427 SHUs.

How To Use Naga Viper Chili Peppers

You can use naga viper peppers in any recipe that calls for other superhot chilis, like scorpion peppers, Carolina reapers, or ghost peppers. Don’t substitute it in the same amounts for milder peppers.

  • Naga peppers are best for making  superhot hot sauces.
  • The peppers taste great in extremely  spicy curries.
  • Naga vipers are excellent as  stuffed hot peppers.
  • Use this scorching hot pepper in  spicy soups and stews
  • Dried and used as  chili rubs for meats and seafood.
  • Be careful. Use gloves before and after handling naga viper peppers, as they can burn your skin.
  • Wear protective eyewear to  prevent severe capsaicin irritation on eyes, skin and face.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after touching any superhot chili peppers.
  • Use a tiny portion of naga vipers at a time.
  • Remove seeds and ribs, as they add more heat to your dishes.

Is Naga Viper The Same As The Chocolate Naga Viper?

The chocolate naga viper, a creation by Steve Bender, is a cross between the naga viper chili and a chocolate ghost pepper.

These two peppers are close relatives but different in various aspects, as follows:

  • Origin:  Naga viper chilis originated from Cumbria, United Kingdom, whereas the chocolate naga viper is Indian/Bangladeshi.
  • Color:  Mature naga vipers have a deep red hue, while chocolate nagas possess stunning dark brown, chocolate colors.
  • Shape:  Both Naga vipers have irregular oval shapes and smooth or bumpy skin with grooves and folds.
  • Size : Naga viper peppers are slightly shorter, measuring 3-5 cm long. The chocolate ones have a length of 3-7cm.
  • Taste : Intense spice, fruitiness, and tanginess describe a naga viper’s flavor. On the other hand, chocolate naga vipers are fruitier with a distinctive smoky taste.

chocolate naga viper

What Does It Mean When A Pepper Variety Is “Unstable?”

When a pepper variety is unstable, it has yet to be grown for enough generations to produce offspring with the same consistent features as the parent plants.

This inconsistency is what creates variations in spice, taste, color and shape—the naga viper chili is an excellent example of such unstable varieties. You and your neighbor may both get seeds from the same retailer and end up with very different-looking and tasting peppers!

Where To Buy Naga Vipers

Naga vipers are still undergoing research, making them rare. If you live in the U.K. or nearby areas, you may be able to find them at chili farms or local farmers’ markets.

Your best bet is buying naga viper seeds online from Etsy and Amazon and planting your chilis.

You may also check out Gerald Fowler’s  Ch illi Pepper Company . He created this pepper, and his company should be the best source of quality seeds.

Can You Grow Naga Viper Peppers?

Like other capsicum chinense varieties, naga viper peppers grow well in warm, moist climates, full sun, rich, well-drained soils and ample water. Naga chilis take approximately 21 for germination and 90 days to fruit.

However, be ready to get naga-like peppers with different tastes, colors, sizes and shapes since the current naga vipers are unstable hybrids.

If you want the exact features of this pepper, you might have to wait for it to get consistent offspring after a few more generations.

Super hot Pepper Substitutes For The Naga Viper

In the absence of naga vipers, Trinidad Moruga scorpion, naga morich and bhut jolokia peppers are the best substitutes.

Since they are naga viper’s parent chilis, they have similar flavor profiles and heat levels. The chocolate naga viper is another chili you can use to give your dishes the sweet tasty flavor of naga viper with similar spiciness.

If you can’t find fresh naga vipers, scotch bonnets and habaneros are the next spiciest peppers available in most supermarkets. However, both of these peppers have a fruitier flavor profile and considerably less heat.

Aside from being a writer, Regie is a food lover. She loves adding chili to almost everything – apart from tea. Within her small compound, she has lots of red and green chilis that grow throughout the year. She looks forward to sharing her love and passion for pepper through crafting informational pieces that you’ll love. Happy reading!

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A Visual Guide To Different Types Of Chiles

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The planet is home to thousands of types of chiles. They have dazzling shapes, sizes, and heat levels, and are generally our go-to when adding heat to dishes. Chiles fall under the capiscum plant genus, and their heat is determined by how much capiscum oil they produce. Though they are often referred to as peppers, chiles aren't peppers at all, but rather fruits.

We've been taste-testing chiles because they can add a much-need kick to a dish. Here are 15 of our favorites and where they fit on the Scoville spice scale.

1. Padron (Scoville: 500 to 1,000)

Though beloved in Spain, where the emerald green, thin-skinned chiles are quickly charred and sprinkled with salt, Padrons are actually thought to have originated in Mexico. The peppers are almost always mild, but occasionally a spicy one will pop up.

2. Fresno: (Scoville: 2,500 to 10,000)

These petite chiles can be used fresh or canned, but they are not popular when dried due to their thick skin. Fresnos are delicious charred and added to romesco or minced and added to ceviche .

3. Hungarian Wax (Scoville: 3,500 to 10,000)

These banana-shaped peppers taste similar to jalapeños and grow up to six inches long. They originate in Hungary (no surprise there) and can be sliced raw and added to salads.

4. Jalapeño (Scoville: 6,000 to 11,000)

A ubiquitous pepper loved across the U.S. and in Mexico, its fleshy skin can be sliced and added to just about anything . Jalapeños can also be marinated with vegetables and pickled like you see in escabeche. When ripened and smoke-dried, the chile transforms into chipotle peppers, which can be canned in adobo sauce or left dried and pulverized to a powder.

5. Serrano (Scoville: 10,000 to 25,000)

Widely available chiles that can be green or red, these small pungent peppers should never be used in place of jalapeños, as they can pack almost double the heat.

6. Bolivian Rainbow (Scoville: 5,000 to 30,000)

These tiny peppers grow to be around half an inch long and come in a multitude of colors. Though commonly sold to be ornamental, the chiles have plenty of heat and can be added to salsas for a dash of color.

7. Chile de Árbol (Scoville: 15,000 to 30,000)

Similar in shape and size to its hotter cousin, the cayenne, the chile de árbol pepper is long and pointy, reaching up to two and half inches. It can be used both fresh and dry. Chile de árbol peppers have a slightly acidic quality, which makes them go well with tomatoes or salsas and other sauces, and can also be combined with fruit to make jam.

8. Cayenne (Scoville: 30,000 to 50,000)

This South American chile starts off green and then takes on a bright red hue. As it matures, the pepper's heat increases. It can be used fresh but is commonly dried and essential in Cajun cuisine. Sadly, most ground cayenne seasoning sold commercially does not exclusively use cayenne pepper but is made up of a mix of peppers.

9. Piri Piri (Scoville: 60,0000 to 175,000)

Also known as bird's-eye chile or African devil, piri piri is a thin-skinned reddish orange chile. It is essential to Portuguese chicken recipes , even though the actual chile reigns from Africa.

10. Tabasco (Scoville: 30,000 to 50,000)

Rarely used in their fresh state, these peppers help make the iconic Louisiana-made hot sauce . Add a splash to your cocktail sauce if it needs some heat (it probably does!).

11. Thai Chile (Scoville: 50,000 to 100,000)

Known worldwide for their contribution to Southeast Asian cuisine, Thai chiles are called prik kee noo in Thai. That translates to "mouse dropping chile," a nod to the chile's tiny size. The chile is thin-skinned and has a pointed bottom and is essential to curries, stir-fries, and salads .

12. Habanero (Scoville: 100,000 to 325,000)

A little goes a long way with this pepper, which has a slightly tapered, lantern-like tip. Its color can go from pale to medium green to bright orange and yellow. It can be charred and smashed into a paste with lime juice and salt or blended into an oil to add ample heat.

13. Scotch Bonnet (Scoville: 100,000 to 325,000)

Similar in shape to the habanero, Scotch bonnets are from the Caribbean and essential to jerk chicken . Their bulbous shape might make them look cute, but their heat is infamous and can last for a long time. However, their bright, tropical fruit notes make them easy to love.

14. Bhut Jolokia (Scoville: 1,000,000)

Commonly referred to as ghost chile , this pepper was at one point the hottest pepper in the world and received a great amount of attention for it. The pepper originates from India and should be used sparingly, as it can be quite overpowering when added to dishes.

15. Carolina Reaper (Scoville: 2,000,000)

The Carolina Reaper now holds the title of hottest pepper in the world. The pepper was bred in a greenhouse in South Carolina and is a cross between the red habanero and Pakistani Naga. It should not be eaten raw. Repeat: Do not eat a raw Carolina Reaper. (You're still going to, aren't ya?)

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Ghost Pepper Chili Recipe

I asked my readers out there what I should do with the Ghost Peppers that I managed to finally get my hands on. Ghost Pepper Chili was the most suggested recipe and I am happy to oblige. Fresh vegetables and grilled beef make up the bones of this dish, but watch out, it bites back! I really suggest that you serve your Ghost Pepper Chili with a dollop of sour cream, some cheese or a tall and cold glass of milk. Alright, it's not that hot. Most hot-heads will be calling me a wimp, but I like to taste the food I eat. This chili will make your cheeks glow, and if you're sensitive, your nose run. But that's about it. But DANG it tastes good.


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Napoleon stainless steel smoker tube

top sirloin

salt and pepper to taste

ghost peppers

red pepper, roughly chopped

green pepper, roughly chopped

large carrots, sliced into rounds

celery, sliced

medium onion, roughly chopped

mushrooms, roughly chopped

medium tomatoes, roughly chopped  (OR 1 can of diced and 1 can of crushed tomatoes 28 oz. each)

tomato paste

1 tsp. each

oregano,  paprika, cayenne,  coriander

chili powder

garlic, crushed

red kidney beans (optional)

Special Equipment: 4 to 8 quart slow cooker

Bread Bowls:

COBS bread demi loaves

melted butter

roasted garlic oil

garlic powder

onion powder

dried parsley

  • Skewer the beef and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Preheat the grill to high. Sear the beef and ghost pepper(s) until the beef is browned on all sides, but not cooked through, and the ghost pepper has some fantastic grill marks. Remove the beef and pepper from the grill. Remove the beef from the skewers and put them into a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker juice and all.
  • Chop the vegetables, starting with the carrots and celery because the tomatoes make a huge mess and you don’t to be cutting up hard veggies in a splishy splashy pool of tomato juice.
  • Add all the chopped veggies, then the spices. Turn on the slow cooker to low.
  • Then add the garlic.
  • Finally, wearing gloves and using a non porous surface like a plastic or glass cutting board, remove the top of the ghost pepper and split it open for chopping. This is where your preference comes in. You can remove the seeds and membranes to cut down on the heat, or you can leave them in. The capsaicin is concentrated the most in these parts of the pepper and do not forget that this pepper has a heat rating of over 1 million. So yeah. Mince the pepper and ad that to the slow cooker.
  • Add the tomatoes , stir all this stuff together real good.
  • Let the chili cook for 6 hours on high, or 8 to 12 hours on low, stirring every once in a while.
  • It’s done when the beef shreds easily and the carrots are tender.
  • Serve with some delicious sourdough bread, a huge dollop of sour cream, cheese – oh yeah mozzarella. Yeah.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, do not fear. You can use a big pot and simmer your chili on medium-low for 6+ hours. No beans about it. There are no beans in this chili. It’s got plenty of protein from that awesome shredded stewing beef. This is a fantastic freezer meal too! Portion it out to single serves – you get about 10 from this – or you can put it into big tubs for family food night! This is my first time working with a super hot pepper. I was a little leery after my first time working with scotch bonnets. I thought it went well. Have you ever had a hot pepper mishap? What happened? Leave a comment below to tell us all about it! OR Tell us what you made with Ghost Peppers and how it turned out!


Grill the beef and peppers


Prep the bread bowl. 


Toast the bread and make some croutons


Serve with a dollop of sour cream, squeeze of lime, and maybe some parmesan


Can't you just smell the spicy?


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I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Pepper Geek

Ghost Peppers – Everything About The Bhut Jolokia

Posted on Last updated: 10/26/2022

The ghost pepper is one of the most notoriously spicy peppers on the planet. It is a result of ancient plant breeding, and is a cross between capsicum chinense and capsicum fructescens.

Scoville Heat Units: 1,000,000 SHUs Diameter: 0.75–1.25 inches Length: 2–3 inches Color: Green to orange to red Buy Seeds : Seeds Now Buy Live Plants: Etsy Buy ghost peppers >

Ghost Pepper

In This Article:

  • What is a ghost pepper
  • Ghost pepper plants
  • Ghost pepper scoville scale
  • Ghost pepper varieties
  • Growing ghost peppers
  • When to pick ghost peppers
  • Where to buy fresh ghost peppers
  • Ghost pepper uses
  • Ghost pepper burn cure

What Is A Ghost Pepper

The ghost pepper, or bhut jolokia, is a pepper variety discovered in India. It is thought to be a capsicum chinense variety that was at some point likely crossed with a capsicum frutescens variety. It is now well known for its intense heat and unique, wrinkly shape.

Where Is The Ghost Pepper From?

All capsicum chinense varieties originated in South America and across the West Indies. One of the oldest peppers was found over 6,000 years ago, fully preserved in a cave in Peru.

The ghost pepper is thought to have origins in Trinidad where many of the world’s hottest peppers are found. Eventually, it made its way to Assam and Nagaland , India by way of travel or by local plant breeding.

Red Ghost Peppers

In India, the ghost pepper was cultivated by local hands and still grows naturally in Northeastern India. Though the exact origins are unknown, this is the most likely course of events for the ghost pepper.

Fun fact : Naga means ‘Serpent’ in Sanskrit. Many ghost pepper varieties are named after Nagaland, India, where the peppers grow naturally.

We are happy that the pepper was discovered and seeds are now widely available across the globe for home growers!

Ghost Pepper Plants

Like most pepper varieties, ghost pepper plants are fairly easy to grow and the pods are highly resistant to pests. We recommend buying seeds online and growing them yourself. However, there are ways to buy live plants as well.

Ghost Peppers Bhut Jolokia

Ghost Pepper Plant Features

All ghost pepper plant varieties have large, broad leaves and a full canopy. Flowers are small to medium in size, and are white. Ghost pepper plants are also highly productive under ideal growing conditions.

Pruning is optional for ghost pepper plants, though we recommend at least bottom pruning to protect against soil borne pathogens. All ghost varieties are slow to mature, so we recommend starting seeds very early indoors.

Ghost pepper plants plants typically take 100+ days after transplanting to produce ripened pepper pods!

Given enough soil, light, and fertilizer, ghost peppers will grow to about 2-3 feet tall in a single season, but can often be very wide, around 5 feet or more. Certain ghost pepper varieties, such as the Dorset naga , can grow to be much taller and wider when given a long growing season and lots of soil.

Where To Buy Ghost Pepper Plants

If you want to grow ghost peppers at home, you can either start from seed, or you can simply buy live plants online . Ghost pepper plants are not a huge demand, so you likely won’t find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Get Live Ghost Pepper Plants Here.

Try calling your local nurseries to see if they sell ghost pepper plant starts. Many gardening centers cater to the local demand, so if you call asking, they might grow them next year!

Ghost Pepper Scoville Scale

A common question regarding the ghost chili is how spicy it is. Where does the ghost pepper stack up on the Scoville Scale ?

When compared to a common hot pepper, say a jalapeno, it isn’t even close .

1 ghost pepper is equivalent in spiciness to about 125 jalapeno peppers.

Put simply, the ghost pepper comes in at approximately 1,000,000 SHUs on the Scoville Scale . This was enough to hold the Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper for about 4 years from 2007 to 2011.

Since it has been dethroned, the ghost pepper seems tame compared to the newcomers . However, don’t be fooled. The ghost pepper is still an extremely spicy pepper variety, and will give almost anyone a run for their money!

Different Ghost Pepper Colors

One of the great things about modern plant breeding is the resulting variety. There are ghost peppers of all different colors and sizes. Bhut Jolokia peppers are always super spicy. However, darker colored pods are usually hotter, while lighter colors are less spicy.

Peach Ghost Pepper

Peach Ghost Pepper

Behind the peachy exterior of this bhut jolokia variety is a serious punch. Similarly spicy to the original pepper, the peach ghost pepper is no joke.

We love growing this variety as the ripe pods add a beautiful color to our pepper garden.

Buy seeds here.

Yellow Naga Ghost Pepper

Yellow Naga Ghost Pepper

Another brightly colored ghost pepper variety, the yellow naga pepper is a beaut. We had great luck with these plants, with peppers ripening as early as mid-July!

Add a splash of yellow to your garden with these ghost peppers. You’ll have no trouble knowing when to pick these.

Chocolate Ghost Pepper

Ripe Chocolate Naga Pepper

This ghost pepper has a much more sinister look, and a truly scorching heat level. The chocolate, or brown bhut jolokia pepper is a monster!

Note: This is the spiciest ghost pepper color variety we have tried to date!

Once again, we had relatively early ripening from these plants. A great, bizarre look in the garden, and perfect for making extra-spicy foods.

Find seeds here.

Growing Ghost Peppers

Growing ghost peppers is similar to growing other varieties. We have written full grow guides for other varieties for anyone looking to grow peppers. Surprisingly, ghost peppers are one of the easiest hot peppers to grow .

Follow our detailed guide to growing ghost peppers here!

Ghost Pepper Plant

However, there are a few things to know specifically about growing ghost peppers.

Some things to keep in mind about ghost peppers:

  • We highly recommend bottom heating with a seed mat .
  • Growing season is longer . Some early pepper varieties can take as little as 75 days to have mature pods. Ghost peppers will need at least 100 days from the day of transplanting to produce ripe peppers.
  • Beware of handling the pods . While the outer skin of a ghost pepper does not contain capsaicin, a small crack can let out a ton of it. We recommend using latex gloves whenever you plan to handle the fresh peppers ( especially when slicing them).

When To Pick Ghost Peppers

When To Pick Ghost Peppers

Knowing when to pick your ghost peppers is usually very easy. As is the case with all pepper varieties, they will change color when fully ripened. Unlike jalapenos or banana peppers, ghost peppers are almost always picked when fully ripe.

Put simply, pick ghost peppers when they change in color from green to bright red (or whatever color variety you are growing). The change in color is obvious and will usually take just a few days once the peppers begin to turn.

Signs of ripe ghost peppers:

  • Change in color
  • Mature size

Unripe Ghost Peppers

How to pick ghost peppers

Our method for harvesting peppers is a simple one. Remove the peppers with your hands, careful not to damage the plant. We find that an upwards motion works well to get a clean ‘pop’ as the pepper is removed.

Another option for harvesting ghost peppers is to use sharp scissors or pruning shears. Simply cut the pepper’s stem about halfway up, being careful not to nick the plant’s branches or leaves.

Where To Buy Ghost Peppers

Not looking to grow ghost peppers yourself, but still want some? You’ve still got options. Here are some places where you can buy ghost peppers (both online and in person).

Thanks to the huge boom in popularity of spicy food, the ghost pepper is famous. That means you may start seeing fresh bhut jolokia peppers for sale in stores.

We have personally seen them for sale (when in season) at Whole Foods Market. You can also buy fresh ghost peppers online from individual growers.

Ghost Pepper Uses

Ready to start using some ghost peppers from the garden? These versatile spicy peppers can be used in a number of ways. You can preserve them for later use, use them fresh, dehydrate them for spicy pepper powder, and even save the seeds to grow again next year.

Warning: Always take precautions when slicing or cooking with ghost peppers. Wear gloves, eye protection, and respiratory protection. You’ll thank us later!

Make Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

We sure do love making homemade hot sauce . You get a ton of sauce for your hard work, and it is a wonderful preservation method.

Using a simple preparation of peppers, vinegar, salt and any other fruits and spices, you can blend up your very own sauce. Just be sure to use at least 2% salt, and around 50% vinegar.

Oh, and go easy on the ghost peppers (try using some jalapenos to decrease the heat level).

Tip: We love using fresh fruits, especially pineapple or blueberries, in our sauces. Get creative!

Make Ghost Pepper Salsa

Making a super-spicy ghost pepper salsa is a great way to use a few ghost peppers. Similar to hot sauce, this vinegar, tomato and onion based dip is a classic. Usually made with jalapenos, salsa is begging to be made spicier.

Put Them In Some Chili

You’ll want to be careful not to overdo this, but you can try making some ghost pepper chili. Throw a half of a pepper, finely chopped, into your next batch of chili to kick things up.

Dehydrate Ghost Peppers

We love dehydrating foods, especially peppers. This is a great option if you want to save your peppers for later, or create a spicy pepper powder .

Slice your bhut jolokia peppers in half lengthwise before dehydrating. These peppers are thin, so they should dehydrate in around 8-10 hours at 125°F (in a proper food dehydrator ).

Read our guide to dehydrating peppers here.

Saving Ghost Pepper Seeds

Saving pepper seeds is always worth the extra effort. Seeds will stay viable for years if stored properly, meaning you can re-grow your favorites in the future.

We wrote a detailed guide on saving pepper seeds here .

How to save ghost pepper seeds:

  • Use fully ripe ghost peppers
  • Slice off the very end ( not the stem end)
  • Roll the pepper between your fingers, seeds should drop out of the opening
  • Slice pepper lengthwise
  • Remove remaining seeds with a spoon
  • Dry seeds on a plate for several days
  • Store in an airtight container

Ghost Pepper Relief and Cure

If you are new to spicy food, and happen to try a ghost pepper, you’ll likely need some relief from the pain.

The quickest relief: Milk.

If you have any dairy milk in the fridge, go for that first. It offers the quickest and best relief from any type of chili pepper burn.

If you got some of the ghost pepper oils on your hands, milk is still the best help. However, we also recommend washing your hands thoroughly (even under the nails) with dish soap . The detergent in the soap helps emulsify and remove the pepper juices.

Read More: Cures for hot pepper hands/eyes

Can A Ghost Pepper Kill You?

No. Well…maybe.

While eating capsaicin is not toxic, it can cause rare adverse reactions in some people.

There have been cases of people vomiting aggressively after eating ghost peppers, leading to potential throat rupture. Though the pepper itself is not fatal when eaten, the reaction in some people may be.

Know what you are eating, first!

If you have never tried a highly spicy pepper, we don’t recommend eating ghost peppers. Work your way up from less spicy varieties like jalapenos and serranos.

I hope this article helped you learn a few new things about ghost peppers. They are an awesome pepper to respect and use in moderation. Happy growing!

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One of the original Pepper Geeks! When Calvin isn’t gardening or learning more about peppers and botany, he might be traveling new places or playing some music.

W Edmund Chambers II

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

The capsaicin in a ghost pepper is not water soluble, it is alcohol soluble which means waking your hands with soap and water usually does not work well. Using alcohol is best at removing the burn. Grain alcohol or vodka work very well. Do not ingest alcohol to tame the burn as when you swallow, you may pull the capsaicin further down your throat causing more pain.

Sunday 26th of February 2023

The bhut jolokia sound wildly hot. Would like to try it plus the different colors and otherbextra hot peppers. Am not up-to-date on using my tablet to order anything and was wondering if you could supply a company with phone no. address, I would aporeciate it. Thanks.

Thursday 28th of July 2022

Hey Calvin! Thanks for all your pepper wisdoms! I'm a fan! This is my first year growing super-hot peppers, and I'm learning so much from you! I'm growing Carolina Reaper, Ghost, Trinidad Scorpion, Scotch Bonnet, and Habanero. I finally have some Scotch Bonnets and a Ghost pepper ripen. It's very exciting, but I'm holding back on picking them, wondering if it'll get hotter the longer I leave it on the plant to ripen further. Does the SHU increase with number of days the ripe pepper stays on the plant before harvesting?

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Hey there, thank you! Glad you enjoy our content here :). Sounds like you like it super spicy! Most of those types should stay pretty crisp on the plant without drying out, so that is a plus. However, they should hit peak-heat level right around the time they finish ripening up. Don't worry though, they'll still be plenty hot if you let them sit for a few weeks. Cheers!

Monday 2nd of May 2022

Hey guys, love your work, I have consulted you often while putting my new sauce company together. My first small batch is being made on Wednesday. Where can I find ghost, scorpion or 7 pots in the North Ga area? Are they even available to buy on line? I'm looking for peppers, not seeds or plants, I have found them all over.

I have created a fantastic Caribbean style sauce using Habaneros but would like to use a more "Caribbean" pepper.

I would reach out to other sauce companies that use those ingredients. We've talked with the good people at Karma Sauce co and they definitely source scorpions/other superhots, just not sure exactly where. Best of luck and would love to try your sauce once it is for sale!

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8 Favorite Chili Recipes with Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

8 Favorite Chili Recipes with Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Posted by Ghost Scream Hot Sauce on Sep 7th 2021

Fall is almost here. While someone in your life might be ready for all things pumpkin spice, we counter with an even bigger claim…

Chili season is more important than pumpkin spice.

Yes, we said it. And we stick by it.

After all, what would that first cool evening by the fire be without a big ‘ol bowl of hearty chili to warm you up?

We rest our case. To help you perfect your spicy recipe this season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite chilis with  Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce . Now let's talk chili made with the hottest pepper - the Bhut Jolokia, also known as the ghost pepper...

1. Best Chili with Beans Recipe

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There’s a whole other argument out there that needs to be considered: chili with beans or no beans?

If you fall into the first camp, then you’ll be pleased to learn we have a great recipe for you to check out from  The Recipe Critic .

In addition to a mix of tomatoes, lean ground beef, and spices, the author goes on to include several different variations you can create using kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and more.

Our favorite, of course, is adding a bit of our Ghost Scream gourmet hot sauce to kick up the flavor just a bit. Between the sweet heat of the ghost peppers and the rich flavor of the tomatoes, you’re sure to love this flavor combo that makes ghost pepper chili.

2. Top Chili without Beans Recipe

Now that we’ve covered the ‘with beans’ fans, let’s toss one out for those who would rather omit them.

This Texas Chili or Chili Con Carne from No Spoon Necessary is a good option if you like no-bean varieties. It’s also great spread on a hot dog, cheeseburger, smothering fries, or in a burrito.

The secret to this blend? The beef broth, which brings in a heartier flavor that just water alone. Not only is it thick and savory, the broth pairs perfectly with our  Original Hot Sauce .

3. Favorite Chili Verde Recipe

Most people think of ground beef or turkey when it comes to fall chili recipes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up a good Chili Verde on a cold day, too.

This Cooking Channel recipe includes savory pork shoulder, tomatillos, lime, and garlic. We feel like this would be a good option to pair with our green hot sauce, which uses similar ingredients. The only difference is our green hot sauce is made with the Carolina reaper pepper so that you can incorporate a higher heat level into recipe.

Remember, a Chili Verde is almost like a stew, but still flavorful and excellent to warm you up on a chilly day. Serve with flour or corn tortillas for a super filling meal the whole family will enjoy.

4. Top-Notch Venison Chili

In the realm of unique chili recipes, we thought adding a venison chili would be a good idea. After all, many of our gourmet hot sauce fans are avid outdoorsmen and women, making this Culinary Hill chili recipe a real treat.,

If you’re looking to make it extra spicy, we suggest adding our  Ghost Truffle Hot Sauce . The flavor combination between the added truffle oil and the venison gives it a unique flavor profile that’s sure to please. Trust us, you’ll be looking to make a batch of this stuff all winter long once you take a single bite.

5. Carroll Shelby’s Texas Chili

Fast cars and spiciness seem to just go together. Hot rod legend Carroll Shelby was widely known for two things: custom cars and his famed chili recipe.

After his death, his estate continued producing his specialty blend of chili seasonings, usually available at most local grocery stores. We like that it is so convenient -- in a pot or slow cooker add your favorite meat, some tomato sauce and beans, and the seasoning. Then you can “fix it how you like it” with sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeños, or whatever else you would like to top it with.

The best part about this option is it is ready in under an hour. Plus, you can keep it mild for the little ones in your household (or the less heat refined taste buds) and add your favorite Ghost Scream ghost pepper sauce to make this a fiery ghost pepper chili.

6. Favorite White Chicken Chili

Are you a bigger fan of creamy white chicken chili? Then you’ll really enjoy this recipe from Cooking Classy . It uses either rotisserie or leftover chicken, making it a great way to use leftovers or meat you’ve prepared ahead of time.

If you’re looking for more of a bite in your spoonful, then you’ll like adding a few dashes of our  Green Reaper Hot Sauce to the already flavorful recipe.

7. Dessert Chili, Too!

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Of course, what’s a good meal without a little dessert? These  Chili Chocolate Mousse Pots are basically like an adult version of a pudding cup, but with a little extra hint of spicy you won’t want to miss.

If you’ve been around our blog for a hot minute, you already know how we like to toss in unconventional sweets paired with heat. This is a great finish to a wonderful meal, especially if you’re entertaining a crowd.

8. Lazy Man’s Chili Recipe

It’s been a long fall day. You’re cold. You’re tired. And you just want to eat. We get it.

That’s where our lazy man’s chili recipe comes in. Start with a trip down the soup aisle at your local grocery store. Pick out your favorite chili -- we enjoy a good Stagg or Hormel. Open the can, pour it in a bowl, and add a small amount of Ghost Scream's ghost chili pepper sauce to taste.

It might not be fancy or pretty. And heck… maybe the dog won’t eat it. But in a pinch, we like to think it’s the classic bachelor way of enjoying a hot meal on a cold autumn day. (And it’s still better than anything pumpkin spice!)

Kick Up Any Chili Recipe with Ghost Scream

Of course, who are we kidding? Adding that extra zing to your favorite chili recipe is easy with a few drops of our  Original Hot Sauce .

Whether you only have time to open a can -- who are we to judge? -- or you’re working off Uncle Larry’s award-winning cookoff winning recipe, adding a few drops of our specialty hot sauce is the perfect way to add that heat you crave.

Check out our online hot sauce store to find your new favorite flavor of Ghost Scream or to stock up on the classics.

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10 Ghost Pepper Recipes That Bring the Heat

Ghost Pepper Recipes

If you want to crank up the heat, try one of these ghost pepper recipes . 

They say the ghost pepper is 400 times spicier than jalapeño.

If you have trouble with the latter, I don’t recommend experimenting with ghost peppers.

Remember to wear gloves when handling because traces of ghost pepper can irritate your skin. They’re that spicy. 

Homemade Hot Ghost Pepper Sauce

You might be wondering where the name comes from.

That’s because after sinking your teeth into one of these firebombs, you’ll feel like a ghost is haunting you.

If you’re up for the challenge, then give one of these ghost pepper recipes a shot. Be prepared to feel the burn!

1. Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Are you a fiend for fiery sauces? If so, check out this recipe, which is guaranteed to make your mouth water (in a good way).

You can have this 7-ingredient recipe ready in just 30 minutes. Just chop, cook, then blend, that’s all there is to it!

This recipe recommends you wait a few days for the flavors to meld, but you can still use this sauce immediately.

Whether you drizzle over tacos, pizza, or steak, this ghost pepper hot sauce needs to be a mainstay on your fridge’s condiment shelf.

2. Ghost Pepper Salsa

Are you growing tired of the same old mild salsa? Shake things up with this intense recipe. 

You’ll love dunking your tortilla chips into this zesty bowl of magma. Be careful, though.

After popping a coated chip in your mouth, you might actually breathe out fire.

While this salsa is spicy at first, it’s also insanely delicious.

You add a hefty dose of garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime juice to create a medley of tasty flavors. 

Plus, this salsa only takes 10 minutes to whip up.

You can spend less time cooking and more time setting your tastebuds ablaze.

3. Ghost Pepper Jelly

Are you growing tired of the same Now, here’s a unique condiment you didn’t know you needed.

If you’re a little spice adverse, this recipe is here to help.

You use a combination of bell and ghost peppers to cool things down, but only just a bit.

You can still expect this sizzling condiment to ignite an inferno on your tongue.

Serve on top of a cracker slathered with cream cheese for a spicy-sweet pairing. 

The dairy from cream cheese acts as a fire extinguisher.

So you can enjoy the tingling sensation of ghost peppers with a touch of creaminess.

4. Ghost Pepper Ranch Dressing

Do you drizzle ranch on just about everything? Then be prepared to meet your new favorite sidekick.

This ghost pepper ranch pairs perfectly with chicken wings, raw veggies, salads, and more.

This dressing is the way to go whenever you want a creamy, spicy sauce.

Did I mention it only takes 5 minutes to whip up this recipe? Just chop, blend, and serve. It’s as easy as that. 

You can also adjust the amount of ghost pepper to your liking.

If it packs too much heat, stick to just incorporating a single ghost pepper. 

Or, if you want to turn up the thermometer, try adding three peppers. Just keep a glass of milk on hand in case.

5. Roasted Vegetable Pizza With Ghost Pepper Sauce

Do you like your pizza spicy? Like really spicy? Like, burn-the-insides-of-your-mouth spicy?

If so, you’re in for a treat. This roasted vegetable pizza will scratch that itch for a zesty slice, leaving your mouth watering for more.

It’s the perfect example of greasy comfort food with a sharp bite of ghost pepper.

At first, you’ll love sinking your teeth into the crisp crust, melted cheese, and sauteed veggies.

Then, the ghost pepper takes over and shocks your palate with white heat in the best way possible. 

6. Ghost Pepper Wings

These ghost pepper wings are perfect for game day, movie night, or whenever you’re craving finger foods.

You coat each chicken wing with a spicy glaze consisting of butter, ghost pepper, and other spices.

The secret is only using ¼ teaspoon of ghost pepper to add some heat without overpowering the sauce.

That way, you can still taste the other delicious flavors like smoked paprika, thyme, and lemon pepper. 

Still, these wings pack a mean punch of heat.

Serve them with your favorite blue cheese or ranch dip to help cool down your palate.

7. Ghost Pepper Chicken Curry

If you consider yourself a curry connoisseur, this recipe will knock your socks off.

You’ve never tasted anything like this ghost pepper chicken curry.

It’s a tasty blend of creamy, spicy, citrusy, and savory, culminating in one delicious mouthful.

When the temps are dipping below freezing, you can’t beat cozying up to this spicy curry.

After just one bite, you’ll immediately thaw out.

Best of all, you can have this curry ready in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for a winter weeknight dinner .

8. Spicy Penne Arrabbiata

Arrabiata is a spicy tomato sauce typically seasoned with red chili peppers to create a fiery twist. 

This rendition takes the classic recipe to a new level by adding a whole ghost pepper. 

It doesn’t stop there. This recipe also puts hot soppressata in the sauce, creating even more of a kick.

Don’t forget the chili flake garnish to finish off this sizzling dish.

If you like spicy pasta, this recipe is definitely for you. 

9. Ghost Pepper Queso

I’m always a sucker for good queso, and this recipe is no exception. 

Between the creamy, cheesy textures and the savory, spicy flavors, your palate is in for one soothing treat. 

This recipe is insanely easy to make, and you can have it ready on the table in just 20 minutes. 

All you need are 7 simple ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand.

If you’re craving some comfort food with a kick, check this amazing recipe out.

10. Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball

Where can you go wrong with cheese balls ? They’re the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s great for any occasion!

Try this innovative rendition if you really want to shake things up at your next holiday potluck.

You combine cream cheese with ghost pepper powder which adds a fiery spice to every bite.

The best part is that the spice doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors since you only use ⅛ teaspoon. 

This way, you can still enjoy the smoky, savory tastes of garlic and paprika without having your tastebuds burned. 

10 Ghost Pepper Recipes That Bring the Heat

Add some spice to your table with these ghost pepper recipes! From hot sauce to salsa to wings, if you like your food hot, you’ll love the ghost pepper!


Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Ghost Pepper Salsa

Ghost Pepper Jelly

Ghost Pepper Ranch Dressing

Roasted Vegetable Pizza With Ghost Pepper Sauce

Ghost Pepper Wings

Ghost Pepper Chicken Curry

Spicy Penne Arrabbiata

Ghost Pepper Queso

Ghost Pepper Cheese Ball


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Ghost Pepper Salsa

by Mike Hultquist · Oct 3, 2018 · 32 Comments · Jump to Recipe

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A recipe for spicy ghost pepper salsa made with garden grown ghost peppers, tomato, onion, lime juice and cilantro, all simmered together to let the flavors meld, picante style.

Ghost Pepper Salsa - Recipe

More ghost pepper salsa! Am I crazy? No way! Ghost peppers are nice and spicy, and they have an addictive fruity flavor, especially when they're cooked into a salsa.

I've been cooking a LOT with ghost peppers lately because my ghost pepper plants are REALLY productive this year. Good for me! I get to add more to my  ghost pepper recipes to really spice things up.

If you want to cook with ghost peppers, you need to be ready for the heat. Ghost peppers, aka Bhut Jolokias, top out at over 1 Million Scoville Heat Units, which is roughly 200+ times hotter than an average jalapeno pepper .

Learn more about ghost peppers here .

Yes, that is some very nice heat there, but as mentioned, with that heat comes some excellent flavor.

And that extends to this salsa. Oh yeah!

Ghost Pepper Salsa - In a bowl with chips

Ready to dig in? I am! The color is so vibrant. It just wants you to dip a chip right in there. But beware.

You'll notice some heat right off the bat, but ghost pepper salsa is more of a blooming heat, so after a few more bites, you'll notice the warmth building in your mouth. If you're not used to ghost pepper heat, get ready for a little sweat.

But not much!

All of my ghost pepper loving friends will LOVE this salsa for sure.

So let's talk about how we make this ghost pepper salsa, shall we? It's super easy, as we're working with fresh ingredients.

NOTE: This recipe is extremely similar to my Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe , but we're extending the recipe steps to include processing and simmering to make more of a picante style sauce.

Here we go!

How to Make Ghost Pepper Salsa - The Recipe Method

First, gather up your ingredients - 4 ghost peppers, a medium sized tomato, a small white onion, a large lime (or use 3 tablespoons lime juice), 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and a bit of salt.

Chop the peppers, tomato and onion, then add them to a bowl with the lime juice and cilantro. Toss everything together to combine it.

Add in a few sprinkles of salt to your personal tastes!

Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa - Mixing up in a bowl

Right here is my  Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe . You can serve this up as it is, or! Continue on for the picante style sauce.

Next, Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and process it until it is nice and smooth.

Add the ingredients to a pan and bring to a quick boil. Simmer it for about 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.

Simmering the Ghost Pepper Salsa

Cool, and adjust with salt to your tastes and BOOM!

It's that easy. Truly. Don't you just love easy food? Salsas are easy.

I like to cover it and let it chill in the refrigerator at this point to let the flavors develop even further, but honestly, you can eat it once it's cooled if you'd like.

Playing with the Recipe - Adjusting the Heat

You can easily adjust the ingredients to your preferences. If you're concerned about the heat, consider using only 1 ghost pepper and filling in the recipe with other peppers. You can even use bell peppers for this.

Or, if you're looking for extra heat, this recipe can easily use up to 10 ghost peppers or more.

Make it REALLY hot if you want! Sure!

Handling Ghost Peppers - Safety Information

A word to the wise. As mentioned, ghost peppers are VERY HOT, so it is best to wear gloves when handling them. The oils can get onto your skin and can cause burning. Avoid touching your eyes or other parts of your skin to avoid that burn.

If you do feel the burn on your skin, consult this page - How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn .

Ghost Pepper Salsa Serving Suggestions

Salsas are always popular on game day gatherings, or pretty much any party situation.

Try some of my Game Day Recipes for more ideas.

I also like to use salsa as a topper for any grilled or roasted meats, like chicken, pork, and especially fish. White fish LOVES a good salsa, and it makes for a healthy meal.

Try Some of My Other Popular Ghost Pepper Recipes

  • Sweet and Spicy Ghost Pepper Candied Bacon
  • Sweet Ghost Pepper-Pineapple-Pear Hot Sauce
  • Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Ghost Pepper Chicken Curry
  • Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings
  • Pineapple-Mango Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Homemade Ghost Pepper Powder
  • Ghost Pepper Jelly

Try Some of My Other Popular Salsa Recipes

  • Fresh Ghost Pepper Salsa
  • Xni-Pec - Yucatan Habanero Salsa
  • Habanero Salsa
  • Fresh Mango Salsa
  • Salsa Verde

Ghost Pepper Salsa - Ready to Eat!

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you'll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don't forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I'll be sure to share! Thanks! -- Mike H.

Ghost Pepper Salsa - Recipe

Ghost Pepper Salsa - Recipe


  • 4 ghost peppers chopped or more, as desired
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice or use the juice from 1 large lime
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Taste and adjust for salt.
  • Add the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Process until nice and smooth.
  • Pour the salsa into a pan and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer at least 15 minutes to let the flavors develop. Cool.
  • You can serve right away or cover and refrigerate overnight for the flavors to mingle and develop even more. Serve!

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Vinny S says

September 02, 2023 at 11:30 am

Leave the seeds? Or remove them?

Mike Hultquist says

September 02, 2023 at 11:53 am

It's your call, Vinny. The seeds are edible, but some people find them bitter. I usually leave them in.

Joseph says

July 22, 2022 at 8:04 pm

Is there a ghost pepper salsa recipe for water bath canning several pints or half pints? My ghost pepper plant is doing great along with other hot peppers and salsa tomato, so would like to can various salsa varieties for winter use.

July 23, 2022 at 7:45 am

Joseph, I have some canning information you can start with here:

Loralee Casady says

October 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm

How do you find the ph for canning g the salsa?

Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

October 30, 2021 at 11:54 am

Loralee, I recommend a good pH meter. I am an affiliate with Thermoworks and they have a great one. You can find the link in the SHOP link at the top.

jamie henry says

October 03, 2021 at 3:04 pm

How about freezing the salsa? Okay to do in freezer bags?

October 04, 2021 at 6:34 am

Yes, you can freeze salsa, Jamie. I prefer using sealable containers, but freezer bags should work just fine.

October 13, 2020 at 11:13 pm

October 15, 2020 at 8:31 am

Cawa, if you process this in a water bath properly, and the acidity is properly high enough (shoot for 3.5 pH for home canning), it can last years on the shelf. If you don't process it, keep it in the refrigerator, covered, where it will keep for a week or longer.

September 27, 2020 at 11:09 am

September 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Hey, Steve. Yes, you can rehydrate the dried pods to make this, no problem. You can add more peppers for a hotter version if you'd like. Let me know how it turns out for you.

August 26, 2020 at 5:34 pm

I want to can the recipe, but I am new to canning. What should I do to the recipe?

August 27, 2020 at 7:06 am

Katie, for canning/preserving, you may need to add more citrus and/or vinegar for more acidity. For a water bath, shoot for a pH of 3.5 or lower before processing. Or, look into pressure canning.

February 02, 2021 at 8:43 pm

I love food that's hotter than hell as well flavorful but what do I do with a bunch of fresh grown frozen bhut jolokia peppers?

February 03, 2021 at 6:31 am

Ted, I preserve them in various ways. I have this ever year from my garden, as I grow a LOT. Freezing is great for some, but I love to dehydrate for crushed peppers and powders, and they can be rehydrated for sauces. I also make chili pastes so I can just use a bit. Plus some sauces. That will use them up pretty quickly. Let me know what you wind up doing.

August 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

August 24, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Thanks, Dino! You can add a tablespoon or 2, then taste and adjust from there. The citrus will add some acidity as well. Enjoy!

Michael Bennett says

August 21, 2020 at 3:45 pm

August 22, 2020 at 8:29 am

August 19, 2020 at 9:43 am

I am about to try out this recipe, but I wanted to check and see how long the salsa will be good if put in a mason jar and placed in the refrigerator (obviously using periodically until done). I have plenty of the peppers so I am trying to time out making hot sauces, salsa, and if I plan to dry any for further later use.

August 19, 2020 at 10:23 am

Chase, the salsa should last at least a week or longer. It can last longer if you include more citrus and/or vinegar, which act as preservatives. It also freezes nicely. I hope this helps! Enjoy.

Robert S says

July 30, 2020 at 9:38 pm

Any suggestions on a specific tomato? I usually go to a Roma for Salsa but am new to Ghost Pepper recipes. 🙂

July 31, 2020 at 4:38 am

Robert, this will work with any tomatoes, really. I like plump, juicy tomatoes for this. I grow a lot of heirloom tomatoes, so I often use whatever I have on hand.

Trenton says

July 24, 2020 at 9:46 am

Can you can this salsa and store it? I've got a bunch of ghost peppers and want to make some salsa to can but can't find any actual canning recipes for them.

July 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Trenton, yes, absolutely. If you use the water bath method, just make sure the pH is 3.5 or lower for home canning. Otherwise, you can use a pressure canner. Enjoy!

Jack Visser says

September 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

September 25, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Awesome, Jack! Yes, smart to treat the stomach with care! Glad you enjoyed it!

Julius says

July 07, 2019 at 3:05 pm

I just made this lovely salsa — super! All ingredients went into a blender and it turned out very similar to our local Mexican grocer’s salsa. Wonderful!

Can you clarify to a novice salsa maker (me), the advantage of simmering once blended? After the cooked salsa is cooled are the flavors more intense? Picante simply means “spicy” correct?

July 08, 2019 at 6:46 am

Great, Julius. Thanks. Simmering is not required, but it helps the ingredient flavors better meld and develop. You'll notice a difference. And yes, picante means "spicy".

Ainsley Farr says

October 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

Is this recipe safe for canning and storing long term?

Looking for recipes that preserve well (can, bottle, freeze) for all kinds of HOT peppers (chocolate scorpions, reapers, bonnets, cayenne, jalapenos)

October 11, 2018 at 10:30 am

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Habanero and Ghost Pepper Chili Oil

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Sweta Patel

March 31, 2022

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Home made chili oil is great for drizzling over pizza, and if you follow me on  Instagram  you’ve seen me use it on my pizza plenty of times along with my pizza chutney. This chili oil is great for mixing into sauces and vinaigrette’s as well as for adding extra spice and flavor to any dish.

A typical chili oil is made from any neutral oil that has been infused with chili peppers. Although neutral oil is recommend you can use olive oil. I recommend using avocado oil because, it has a higher smoke temperature and infuses for a longer period of time without burning the oil and chili flakes resulting in a better taste.

If you can’t find any dried habanero or ghost peppers, you can simply dry them at home. In your air fryer, set heat to the lowest setting, mine is warm, less than 250°F. Place peppers on air fryer basket and air fry for 20-40 minutes, depending on the size of the peppers and the lowest temperature. I usually place the air fryer under my exhaust fan so the pepper smell is not taking over my kitchen.

You can also purchase dried ghost peppers from amazon –  link here  and also the  habanero peppers  too. You can use  Carolina reaper chili peppers  as well.


If you make this dish, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram  @thetableofspice  or hashtag  #thetableofspice  or both! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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Habanero + Ghost pepper chili oil

  • Author: Sweta Patel
  • Total Time: 15


  • 3   cups   Avocado oil
  • 5   dried habanero peppers
  • 3   dried ghost peppers
  • 3   tbsp   crushed red pepper
  • 1   tbsp   whole black peppercorns


  • Pour the oil in a pot, heat the oil over med heat for 10-13 mins. DO NOT boil the oil, just slowly simmer it, allowing the flavors of the peppers to infuse.
  • In a cast iron pan, over med heat add the whole black peppercorns, dried habanero and ghost pepper. Roast for a couple of minutes, make sure it does not burn. Add this to a heat proof bowl, along with the red crushed pepper.
  • Slowly pour the hot oil over the peppers. Let this mixture sit at room tempt for 1-2 hours before bottling it up. I like to store mine in a mason jar. Keep in a cool, dry area in a air tight jar.
  • The pepper flakes on the bottom of your chili oil can be used in cooking as well as extra condiment for dishes.
  • I love to use chili oil for a lot of my dishes such as, grilled veggies,  hakka noodles  cooking meats and as a flavored oil to dip my bread in.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: condiment, dips

Keywords: chili oil, infused oil, spicy oil

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Published: Jun 29, 2023 · Modified: Jul 12, 2023 by Grace · This post may contain affiliate links · Leave a Comment

This page may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my link. This post is about an Easy Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe!

Ghost pepper salsa in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips and dried Ghost chilies.

If you are looking to spice up your salsa game, I highly recommend Ghost peppers to do it! These spicy peppers are tremendously flavorful so your salsa will be both DELICIOUS and HOT!

I'm thrilled to share this easy recipe for Ghost Pepper Salsa with you! First, a little background on this amazing hot pepper!

Ghost Pepper - The World's Hottest Pepper in 2007

Why you will love this ghost pepper hot sauce, 🥘 ingredients, 🔪 instructions, suggestions for serving, some other recipes you may enjoy, join me on a fun food journey.

These hot peppers originate from Northeast India, where they were cultivated. The main regions where they are grown in India are the Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland regions. In fact, "bhut" means "ghost" in Assamese, which is where the name ghost pepper comes from ( sourced from Wikipedia ).

The Ghost Pepper, also known as bhut jolokia, was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's hottest chili pepper in 2007. These measure between 600,000 - 1.04 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units) on the Scoville Scale .

Since then, other peppers have surpassed the bhut jolokia as the hottest chile. As of this writing, the Carolina Reaper Pepper from South Carolina, is currently the world's hottest pepper (since 2013).

Ghost chili peppers are still some of the hottest peppers on planet Earth!  To give you some perspective, jalapeño peppers are rated between 2,500 - 8,000 SHU on the Scoville heat scale . That's quite some difference!

If you are a chili head, you will LOVE this salsa because:

  • We are using fresh and natural ingredients in this wonderful recipe
  • Not only is the salsa SPICY , but it's got a great flavor to it
  • I will give you a recommendation for the amount of Ghost peppers to use, but you can easily vary the heat level in this sauce to suit your tastes
  • We'll use dried Ghost peppers, which may be easier to acquire than fresh ones (although you can sub fresh chilies if you have them)

Ok, now it's time to enjoy a hot and fiery experience! Let's make some blow your mind delicious Ghost pepper salsa!

Bowls containing salt, pepper, and oregano, garlic cloves, and dried Ghost peppers. Also in the image is a jalapeno, key lime, red onion, 2 Roma tomatoes, and some cilantro.

So here's what you will need for this Ghost Pepper Salsa recipe, most of which are fresh ingredients:

  • Fresh tomatoes - I recommend Roma tomatoes for this recipe
  • Jalapeno - adds a little extra heat and nice texture
  • Fresh garlic
  • Black Pepper
  • Dried Oregano (or dried Mexican oregano)
  • Ghost peppers - I used dried Ghost peppers that I rehydrated; you can also use 2 fresh Ghost peppers if you are fortunate enough to have them! I love and recommend Sonoran Spice brand of dried Ghost Peppers
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice

All of these ingredients, with the exception of the Ghost peppers , should be available at your local grocery store.

Ok, now let's get ready to make some spicy salsa!

If you are using dried Ghost peppers, rehydrate them for use by adding them to warm water for around 15 minutes. You can use spoons to hold the Ghost peppers under the water.

2 dried Ghost chili peppers in water in a bowl with the chilies being held down under the water by spoons.

Meanwhile, prep your tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeno. These can be roughly chopped and the garlic cloves can be left whole.

A white plate containing chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, chopped jalapeno, cilantro, garlic cloves, and a slice of key lime.

After 15 minutes when the peppers have softened, remove the Ghost peppers from the water and chop them up or cut them with scissors. It's highly recommended to wear gloves when handling them as they may irritate your skin.

Sliced pieces of Ghost chilies in a bowl.

Add chopped red onion, chopped jalapeno, and garlic cloves to your food processor. Then add the cilantro and the dry seasonings (salt, pepper, oregano, and the chopped up Ghost Peppers.

A food processor containing chopped red onion, chopped jalapeno and Ghost chilies, garlic cloves, and cilantro.

Now add the chopped tomato, followed by a generous squeeze of lime juice from a fresh lime.

A food processor containing Ghost pepper salsa ingredients including chopped tomatoes. Someone is holding a slice of key lime over the food processor.

Pulse a few times to get the consistency that you want, but make sure that all of the ingredients are well combined.

A food processor containing Ghost pepper salsa.

Et voila! Your delicious spicy Ghost pepper salsa is now ready to enjoy!

Ghost pepper salsa in a bowl surrounded by tortilla chips and dried Ghost chilies. There is someone holding a tortilla chip which had been dipped into the salsa.

I hope you'll agree with me that this salsa is wonderfully spicy and absolutely amazingly delicious!

It's the perfect dip for your favorite tortilla chips, and a must to add that beautiful heat to your tacos and favorite Mexican foods.

You may want to have a glass of milk close by, but I hope you will love this hot salsa as much as our family does!

Dried ghost peppers are extremely versatile! They can be rehydrated for use in salsas, such as in this Ghost pepper salsa recipe. Add them to spice up your chili, or add to any dish that you want to fire up!

Bhut jolokia (Ghost pepper) has an excellent flavor! They are fruity and sweet in addition to being HOT and SPICY !

Here are some other recipes that you may enjoy:

  • Easy Carolina Reaper Salsa Recipe
  • Delicious Spicy Guacamole!
  • Belizean Hot Pepper Onion Sauce

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Ghost pepper salsa in an orange rimmed bowl.

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  • 2 Roma tomatoes select large sized tomatoes, remove the insides of the tomatoes and discard or save for another use; chop the outside fleshy part for use in this salsa
  • ¼ red onion chopped (can sub white onion)
  • 1 jalapeno deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ⅛ ts pepper
  • ⅛ ts oregano dried; can also use Mexican oregano
  • 2 Ghost peppers I used dried Ghost peppers that I rehydrated; you can also use 2 fresh Ghost chilis if you are fortunate enough to have them!
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped (use leaves only)
  • lime juice a squeeze of lime juice from a slice of fresh lime


2 dried Ghost chili peppers in water in a bowl with the chilies being held down under the water by spoons.

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5 Chili-Infused Beers That Bring the Heat

Chili peppers in beer? It's so wrong it's right.

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There’s something deviant about taking a cold, refreshing, quenching beer, with its sweet and bitter balance, and pumping it full of intensely hot and spicy chili peppers. It seems wrong. On the other hand, since chili beers can so easily turn out terrible, one could argue that a chili beer done really well, with a balanced nuance of spicy heat or smokiness, is actually a testimony to a brewer’s skill. In any case, the idea of a chili beer is, in itself, polarizing and appeals to a small niche of craft beer drinkers that can handle the heat.

Most importantly, a chili beer should be a beer first, with chili flavors shining through and rounding out secondary flavors.

How hot, flavorful and aromatic a chili beer ends up depends on the amount and variety of chilies a brewer uses, as well as the point at which the brewer adds the pepper to the beer. B oth of these factors can vary greatly. Brewers use a wide range of chili peppers, from the sweet and mild ( like Anaheim and anchos that range from 0 to 5,000 Scoville Heat Units ) to medium-level (like jalapeño and chipotles that range from 2,500 to 8,000 SHU) to medium hot peppers (like serranos at 5,000 to 23,000 SHU) to super hot chili peppers like habanero (100,000 to 350,000 SHU) to the ghost chili aka bhut jolokia ( over 1,000,000 SHU),  one of the hottest peppers in the world.

Also vital is when, during the brewing process, the brewer introduces the peppers. A brewer can add chilies during the initial brewing period called the "mash," or the peppers can be mixed in while the brew is boiling. Another option is to steep the peppers in the beer after the boil, or toss them into the primary fermentation vessel, or even during secondary fermentation. Once the brew is finished, chilies can go into actual beer bottles, too.

So, what makes a chili beer actually good? Most importantly, a chili beer should be a beer first, with chili flavors shining through and rounding out secondary flavors. Unfortunately, the first string of such beers were, more often than not, spicier than most people wanted, and as a result some first time tasters resigned themselves to never try a chili beer again. Fortunately, now more and more brewers are experimenting with spicy flavors and creating more sophisticated, subdued and palatable spicy beers.

Chili Beers TO TRY

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Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers  Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California When a Stone Brewing  employee suggested that the company make a special beer for Cinco de Mayo in 2006, this 5.9 percent ABV  hotshot porter was born. Expect dry notes of roasty coffee, light vanilla and cocoa, plus a very subtle pepper aroma. It is dark red in body with a light beige head and smokey, cocoa flavors. Spicy Chipotle notes lingering in the finish.

Photo: Stone Brewing Co.

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Habanero Sculpin Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, California This 7 percent ABV gold-medal winning hoppy West Coast India Pale Ale has been a favorite in craft beer circles for years. Ballast Point's decision to add super hot habanero to this five times hopped beer results in a copper colored brew with big grapefruit rind in the nose and notes of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. The finish packs a spicy sting.

Photo: Ballast Point Brewing Co.

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Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé Ale New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, Colorado Chocolate, cinnamon and chilies combine for a sweet and spicy balance in the return of this 9 precent ABV cult classic chocolate stout.  Brewed with caramel, dark chocolate and rye malts, plus ancho, guajillo and chipotle chilies, Cocoa Molé pours midnight black and starts with a malty chocolate sweetness followed by a bite of pepper flavors.

Photo: New Belgium Brewing

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Ghost Face Killah Twisted Pine Brewing Co, Boulder, Colorado Six c hili pepper  varieties go into the hottest beer on this list, including the infamous million Scoville Heat Unit ghost pepper, as well as serrano, jalapeño, habanero, Fresno and Anaheim. This 4.5 percent ABV unfiltered light-bodied beer pours cloudy golden with wafts of smoke and spicy peppers. Expect a long, intense burn.  Not for the tepid of tongue or faint of heart.

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Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer  Rogue Ales, Newport, Oregon A 5.7 percent ABV stout that isn’t brewed with chilies exactly, but with sriracha sauce, the famous hot "rooster sauce" by Huy Fong that's made with chili pepper paste, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.  The result is a savory beer with dark roasted coffee and smoke in the nose and notes of bitter chocolate and Thai chilies. This beer finishes dry and hot with a good 20 minute afterburn.

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How to Grow and Care for Thai Pepper Plant

Posted: June 10, 2023 | Last updated: June 10, 2023

If you're a chili pepper fan who enjoys some sweet with the heat you might try growing Thai pepper plant ( Capsicum annuum 'Bird's Eye'). It grows thick-walled fruits 1 to 2 inches long and full of seeds. They ripen from green to red at maturity with a Scoville rating of 50,000 to 100,000 . With a sweetness similar to a red bell pepper, they're very hot but not fiery as a habanero.

At about 1 foot tall, the Thai pepper plant grows well in containers. Some of the dozens of varieties are sold as ornamentals which also are edible. This is a chili pepper with a long growing season, 100 to 130 days, that produces best in plenty of hot, humid weather.

The outside of Thai pepper is safe to handle, however the inside seeds and veins can cause a burning sensation on skin. It's advisable to wear gloves when working with this hot chili pepper.

How to Plant Thai Pepper Plant

To successfully grow and harvest these small, prolific peppers you need to provide day time temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees F. and a lengthy gardening season of at least 100 days.

When to Plant

Gardeners in hardiness zones 9 to 11 can direct sow seed when soil has warmed to 60 degree F. Otherwise, start seeds indoor 8 to 10 weeks before the final frost date in your growing zone.

Selecting a Planting Site

Choose a spot that receives full sun, 6 to 8 hours daily, with rich, well draining soil. Amend with compost or other nitrogen rich organic material. Avoid spots where other nightshade plants were grown the previous year.

Spacing, Depth, and Support

Transplant seedlings 1 to 2 feet apart in rows 2 to 3 feet apart. Remove seed leaves and set seedlings in planting holes at or slightly lower than the level in their current container. In raised beds seedlings can be planted 14 to 16 inches apart.

With a mature height of 1 foot, Thai pepper plants don't require support.

Thai Pepper Plant Care

This hot pepper plant thrives in hot sun and needs direct sunlight a minimum of 6 hours daily. More is even better. Avoid planting near taller plants that block light.

Thai pepper plant prefers rich, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to balanced pH of 5.5 to 7.0. Work aged compost or manure into soil before planting.

Deep, thorough watering every two to three days keeps soil moist without waterlogging. When fruits are in the immature green phase be careful of overwatering but don't let soil become bone dry. Drip irrigation is ideal for keeping Thai pepper plant well hydrated.

Temperature and Humidity

This hot pepper requires steady heat of 70 to 85 degrees F, daily and 60 to 70 degrees at night. Nighttime temperatures outside this range can reduce your yield. Humidity levels of 50 to 60 percent are adequate as long as it still gets intense light and moist soil.

Fertilize Thai pepper plant a month after planting out with an NPK 5-10-10. When fruit starts to set feed a second time with a product that includes calcium. Once plants are established, avoid nitrogen rich fertilizers which can inhibit fruit production. Tomato fertilizers work well for pepper plants.


All pepper plants produce flowers with both male and female parts. However, wind and bees are needed to complete pollination. When your plant has plenty of flowers but fails to produce fruit, it may be due to an absence of pollinators in your garden. Adding flowers that attract them to the garden landscape improves fruit production in many crops, including Thai pepper.

Types of Thai Pepper Plants

Thai pepper plant includes 79 identified varieties, but classifications are a bit confusing depending on where they are grown, Here are several hot peppers comparable in size and heat.

  • Serrano, Capsicum annuum: Ripe fruits are scarlet red, cylindrical, and 1 to 2 inches long. Thick fleshed with clean, biting heat, Three serranos equal the heat of one Thai pepper.
  • Tabasco, Capsicum frutescens : Thin, bright orange-red fruits 1 to 1 1/2 inches long are thin-walled with a sharp, biting flavor.
  • Korean, Capsicum annuun: Cousin to Thai pepper, this chile is bright green, slightly curved and thin fleshed. Korean hot peppers measure 3 to 4 inches and taper to a point.
  • Cayenne, Capsicum annuum: Most often used dried, cayenne peppers are thin, 2 to 4 inches long and taper to a point. Ripe fruits feature bright red color and tart, smoky flavor.

Thai Pepper vs. Tabasco

Thai pepper and tabasco pepper are sometimes confused though they are different species. Heat levels are similar but the peppers taste different. Tabasco peppers have a greener flavor similar to celery and green onions while Thai peppers are sweeter with a flavor note similar to red bell pepper. Growing conditions are similar but tabasco peppers can be harvested sooner, ripening in about 80 days.

Harvesting Thai Pepper

Thai peppers are harvested in both the green and red stages. Wait until green peppers reach full size before picking. Green peppers will have lower heat levels and not have the same flavor as a fully ripe red pepper. Use a snipper to remove peppers from the plant to keep stems intact. Stemless peppers deteriorate quickly after being cut.

Peppers continue to ripe on their own after harvest. Place them in a warm room and check every few days for any that may need to be discarded. They generally ripen fully in about two weeks.

How to Grow Thai Pepper Plant in Pots

Thai pepper plant's small size and attractive fruits make it an ideal container plant.

Choose a 15-inch pot with good drainage and fill it with a quality potting mix combined with perlite, moss or coconut coir for moisture retention. Make a planting hole in the center for the seedling and plant at the same level or slightly deeper as in its seedling pot. Fill in around the roots, firming soil to keep the plant upright.

Water well and place the pot to receive full sun daily. Potted plants may need to be watered twice daily. Check soil with a moisture meter or poke your finger in about 2 inches. Never let the soil get completely dry, which can lead quickly to wilting. Fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks through the growing season once fruits begin to form using an organic liquid fertilizer.

How to Grow Thai Pepper From Seed

Due to its long growing season it's best to start Thai pepper seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the final frost. You'll need a germination tray or small pots and potting or seed starting mix. A heat mat and artificial lighting can improve sprouting and early growth but aren't necessary.

  • Fill the germination tray or several small pots with moistened, well-draining potting mix. Soilless seed starter is a good choice for Thai pepper plants.
  • Plant seed 1/4 inch deep and cover with potting material.
  • Give the seeds lots of light and temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees F. Use a heat mat and artificial light, or place them in a south-facing window and cover with a plastic dome to increase humidity.
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy, watering when soil surface dries.
  • Seeds germinate in 7 to 21 days. Remove plastic when sprouts emerge.
  • Once seedlings have established strong roots, pot up into individual or larger pots with a well-draining potting mix.
  • When soil temperatures approach 60 degrees F. begin to harden off seedlings.
  • Transplant into the garden or 15-inch pots approximately two weeks following final frost.

Thai pepper works well as a companion plant. Try planting it with nasturtium, marigold, petunia, chive, oregano, dill, basil, and parsley.

Common Pests and Plant Diseases

Thai pepper plant attracts a number of sap-sucking insects like aphids and spider mites. When discovered early, these pests can be knocked down with a strong spray from a hose. Treat infestations with a mild soap and water solution.

The most significant pest, especially in the southern U.S., is the pepper weevil. It lays eggs in flowers and developing peppers. The larvae then tunnel through all parts of the plant, ruining the fruit. Once fruits are breached, insecticides won't fix it. Remove and dispose of any fallen fruit. Practice good garden sanitation and crop rotation, avoiding areas where solanaceous plants have been grown the previous two years.

Thai pepper is also vulnerable to fungal, bacterial and viral diseases. They include verticilllium and bacterial wilts, bacterial and cercospora leaf spot, powdery mildew , and pepper and tobacco mosaic viruses.

Treating affected plants with appropriate fungicides can help manage some issues; inorganic controls generally are ineffective against viral infection.

Reduce the likelihood of these problems by providing the best possible growing conditions and using disease-resistant seeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Thai peppers to grow?

Thai peppers can take around 130 days to grow. They're usually green at around 100 days and have ripened to red at 130 days.

Are Thai peppers edible?

All Thai peppers are edible, even those sold as ornamentals.

Are Thai pepper plants perennials?

Thai pepper plants are perennial in USDA growing zone 9 to 11. In specialized growing environments such as heated greenhouses or under grow lights, potted plants can be overwintered for a second season.

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What Does It Feel Like to Eat a Ghost Pepper? | Spicy Facts About the Ghost Pepper

What Does It Feel Like to Eat a Ghost Pepper? | Spicy Facts About the Ghost Pepper

The world of spicy food is as diverse as it is thrilling, and the Ghost pepper stands out as one of the most infamous and fiery chili varieties. Native to India, the Bhut Jolokia, commonly known as the Ghost pepper, has gained notoriety for its scorching heat and unique flavor. The intense sensation of consuming a Ghost pepper can range from exhilarating to overwhelming, leaving a lasting impression on the taste buds and memory. In this article, we'll delve into the sensation of consuming a Ghost pepper, exploring the culinary and physiological aspects that make this chili a true test of one's tolerance for spice.

The Ghost Pepper's Scoville Heat Scale

The Scoville scale is used to measure the spiciness or pungency of chili peppers. The Ghost pepper ranks among the hottest chili peppers in the world, with an average Scoville rating of over one million units. To put this in perspective, the popular Jalapeño pepper typically ranges from 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units, making the Ghost pepper up to 400 times hotter.

The Initial Taste: Flavor Amidst the Fire

Eating a Ghost pepper is not just about heat; it's also about the distinctive flavor that accompanies the intense spiciness. Many describe the taste as slightly fruity and sweet, with subtle hints of citrus. However, as the heat intensifies, the flavor may be overshadowed by the overwhelming sensation of heat that engulfs the taste buds.

The Immediate Sensation: Fire on the Tongue

Upon the first bite of a Ghost pepper, one is greeted with an immediate and intense burn that targets the tongue and the mouth's sensitive tissues. This sensation can be jarring for those unaccustomed to consuming extremely spicy foods. The heat spreads rapidly, leaving a tingling and numbing sensation that can be both exhilarating and challenging to endure.

Coping with the Heat: Capsaicin's Endorphin Rush

The compound responsible for the fiery heat in chili peppers is capsaicin. When ingested, capsaicin triggers the body's pain receptors, leading to the perception of heat and discomfort. However, the brain's response to capsaicin goes beyond pain. It also triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural chemicals that act as painkillers and mood enhancers. As a result, some individuals experience a "spice high" or a rush of euphoria while enduring the burn of a Ghost pepper.

The Aftermath: Cooling the Flames

Once the initial rush of heat subsides, one may experience a lingering warmth in the mouth and throat. Some find solace in consuming dairy products like milk or yogurt, as the proteins in dairy can help neutralize the effects of capsaicin. Drinking water, on the other hand, may provide temporary relief, but it can spread the capsaicin around the mouth, intensifying the burning sensation.

The Daredevil's Challenge: The Ghost Pepper in Culinary Adventures

Despite its intense heat, the Ghost pepper has found its way into various culinary creations, particularly in hot sauces and spicy dishes. Some daring food enthusiasts seek out the Ghost pepper for the thrill of testing their spice tolerance and embracing the culinary adventure of heat.

The Ghost pepper, or Bhut Jolokia, is not for the faint of heart when it comes to spicy food. With its scorching heat and unique flavor, it presents a thrilling and challenging experience for those brave enough to take a bite. . As with all spicy foods, it's essential to approach the Ghost pepper with caution and respect for its fiery reputation. Whether you're an avid spice lover or simply curious about culinary adventures, the Ghost pepper's allure will forever be etched in the spicy folklore of the culinary world.

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‘Chili enthusiast’ feeds ghost peppers to a boy’s choir and they can hardly keep it together

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The Herning Boys Choir does its best to keep it together.

Danish musician and self-proclaimed “chili enthusiast” Claus Pilgaard, aka Chili Klaus , is a YouTube star known for his Chilismagning series, where he invites celebrities to eat chili peppers with him. For one of his most diabolical challenges, Klaus asked the Herning Boys Choir —a choir he once sang for—to see if it could make it through a performance of “O Come All Ye Faithful” after consuming ghost peppers.

The ghost pepper is the 7th hottest chili pepper in the world and clocks in at around 1 million SHU or Scoville Heat Units. For some perspective, the average jalapeno pepper is measured at about 5,000 SHU.

The video starts with the boys sounding great until 1:27 when they pop in the peppers. At 1:54, you can see them sweat as the heat ratchets up. The ghost pepper got its name because the heat sneaks up on you. At first, it tastes sweet and then the heat begins to envelop your entire head.

The fact that these kids kept singing is impressive. None of them give up until the song ends, then they all rushed to the nearest water fountain.

Chili Klaus & Boys Choir On Fire 🔥

"Some of these kids just kept going like it was nothing. Respect,” one commenter wrote on the video with over 2 million views. “I love how some of them would stop and look at one another for reassurance and that they are in it together,” another wrote.

“The fact that they all stuck through until the end was amazing. Definitely a great team-building exercise,” a commenter wrote.

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How you treat people in the service industry is often used as a measure of what kind of person you are. Arguably, the same could be said for how you treat anyone in a customer-facing job, whether it be the sales associate at a department store, the cashier at McDonald's or the janitor in your office building.

While people may think that these jobs are not skilled positions, they do require an immense amount of skill that has to be learned. The skill just isn't as valued by society as a whole, and sadly, that often leads to people treating those in customer-facing jobs poorly. But when a woman recently went on a date with a potential partner, her poor behavior towards the waitstaff caused him to pause.

The story was shared by a woman by the name of Barbara NOT Barb on Twitter with a lengthy thread about her daughter's recent interaction. Though the details were juicy, it quickly became obvious that kindness is the way to go.

Barbara's daughter works as a server at a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles, and she was asked to bring water to a couple's table in someone else's section to help out. But according to the Twitter thread, when her daughter arrived at the table, the woman at the table started berating and insulting her.

Apparently, the couple, who were on their first date , were waiting for their drink orders from the bar. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know that servers don't have anything to do with how quickly your food or alcoholic drinks get made. They keep an eye out for the items as they care for other tables, but either this woman didn't realize that or didn't care, because she yelled at the server for how long it was taking for the drinks. The only mistake this particular server made was being kind to a co-worker and offering to drop off glasses of water.

My daughter is a server in a high end Los Angeles restaurant. She got asked by another server, who was slammed with tables, to deliver water to one of his tables. As she set the water down, the customers' appetizers arrived. The lady got belligerent and started hurling insults at — Barbara 😷 NOT Barb! (@bigskybabs) July 18, 2023

After the server tried unsuccessfully to de-escalate the situation, the woman demanded to speak to the manager. It's not clear if this was the woman's first date ever, but it was her first date with the stunned man at the table. Since people generally attempt to put their best foot forward on a first date, it's not surprising that the man decided to end the date. But before he did that, he gave a lesson in kindness.

Before the manager could reach the table, the likely embarrassed man intercepted him.

"He asked to close out the tab. Explained it was a first date and that the woman's behavior disgusted him. He paid the tab at the bar and then requested my daughter and the original server come talk to him. He apologized profusely for his date's behavior," Barbara wrote. "Needless to say, everyone was floored, in the best way. The woman had somehow been informed that the date was over. She walked out, head down, and was no longer talking down to anyone."

Be kind. But more than that, stand up for what is right. If you let a Karen slide, you are also a Karen. Word of the apology spread through the restaurant staff and lifted the morale of the entire team that night. Well done, sir, whomever you are. — Barbara 😷 NOT Barb! (@bigskybabs) July 18, 2023

Being kind to others is one of the easiest things to do. Maybe the woman in question was having a bad day—everyone has them—but our bad days probably shouldn't bleed over onto unsuspecting strangers. Hopefully, the servers and the date got a lesson in kindness and standing up for others.

This article originally appeared on 7.20.23

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School therapist makes a strong case for why tweens should still be playing with toys

"stop forcing these kids to grow up so quickly.".

A mother and SLP explains why tweens need toys.

Every parent reaches the point in their kid’s life when they realize they are growing up too quickly. This feeling can get even scarier these days when it seems like tweens (ages 8 to 12) are acting more like teens.

Alexis, a mother and speech-language pathologist, recently called out this trend in a viral TikTok video that has received over 300,000 views. In the video, Alexis says parents should push back at their kids having “adult” interests at a young age and that tweens should be playing with toys.

“As a mom and school SLP, I am unsure when third, fourth, and fifth grade became sixth, seventh, and eighth grade,” she says. “But rest assured, your 8-year-old should still be playing with toys. It's okay. And as parents, we should be encouraging them to play with toys. Stop forcing these kids to grow up so quickly,” she continues.

@practicallyspeeching There are going to be some pissed off parents in the comments, I’m sure lol #slp #slptok #teachertok #teachersoftiktok #parenttok #parentsoftiktok #elementaryschool

Just one look at Glamour’s “Best Gifts for Tweens Who Have Everything” holiday list explains everything. It suggests that young girls want Stanley Quencher cups, skincare products and manicure kits instead of American Girl dolls.

Alexis understands that we live in a new world ruled by smartphones and influencer culture, but that doesn’t mean tweens have to pay the price by losing their innocence.

“And I realize that kindergarten is now the new second grade, and that's a whole other ball of wax, but we need to be playing. You don't need to be acting 12 when you are 9,” she concluded.

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People from other countries share 14 'obvious' signs that someone is an American

"americans lean on anything they can while standing around…".

Some American tourists enjoying the sights

Americans have a style and personality all their own, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s just noticeable when they travel aboard. Americans often stand out because of their outgoing personalities. They are friendly and enjoy having casual conversations with strangers.

This is an endearing trait to a lot of people in more reserved cultures, although it can also come off as a little brash.

An American characteristic that isn’t quite endearing to people in other countries is that they can be rather loud. In Europe, one can always notice the Americans in the restaurant because they can be heard from across the room.

A Reddit user named Frosty-Ad3575 wanted to know the specific ways that Americans stand out when traveling abroad, so they asked the AskReddit subforum: “What’s an obvious sign that someone is an American?”

The post was popular, receiving nearly 6,000 responses in just 6 days. The most popular ones described how Americans' unique personalities, style of dress, dental hygiene and body language make them easy to spot.

Here are 14 “obvious” signs that someone is an American.

"Apparently, the CIA trains American agents to not lean on things if they go undercover in foreign countries because Americans lean on anything they can while standing around." — Clown1998

"I bet MI6 trains British agents to lean on everything if they go undercover in America because Americans lean on anything they can while standing around." — KingoftheMongoose

2. The date

"MMDDYYYY." — LowRevolution6175

3. Distances are different

"Anything under 4 hours is 'close by.'" — Grey-Canary

"Everything in Europe is around the corner if you're from the US. I can drive the whole day and not leave my state, but in Europe, I can pass through 4 countries in that same time frame." — JayHitter

4. They're polite to servers

"In the touristy cafe-restaurant I worked at:

If they asked me for the nicest spot we had

If they asked me my recommendation without seeing the menu first

I would walk to the table, and they would say right away ‘hey, how are you doing?’ This one threw me off a lot at first. Why is this person asking me how I'm doing?? I'm just there to take the order. I got used to it, and I think they found my awkwardness cute.

They would ask my name when I greeted them and took their order.

I'm Northern European." — Muc_99

"It’s under-appreciated just how polite, friendly, and sincere Americans are in general. It blew my mind the first time I came to the US, and I love that my children are growing up with those same values." — Irishweather5000

5. The water bottles

"I was told, 'Americans carry water bottles around like they're worried they'll never have access to clean water ever again.'" — Kosher_Dill

"I don't care what anyone says. If you think carrying a water bottle when walking a lot is weird, you're probably slightly dehydrated all the time and are just desensitized to it. You seriously need to drink water frequently if you want to be ideally healthy." — Tan11

"I was in Germany this past summer, and I realized smiling at everyone you make eye contact with is very American. When I went to London on the same trip, they seemed less weirded out by it but would awkwardly return the smile. I was taught to always start with a disarming smile. Never realized it was American." — 12ozFitz

7. "More ice, please."

"I spent a year in Europe completely iceless to the point I forgot that was a thing. I stopped at a bar in Chicago fresh off the plane and not only did I get free tap water, but water with ice. I instantly felt at home." — Outside-Crezz8119

8. Personal space

"As an American man, I’ve been told repeatedly by European and Asian friends that we simply take up space (not by being fat) as though we’re entitled to it. Men in other countries apparently don’t claim the same personal space we do." — Potomacan

9. White teeth

"It’s even more bizarre that they assume we have braces or bleach our teeth because they’re straight and white. I have naturally straight white teeth. I brush them twice a day so they stay white. I don’t do anything special to them, but I remember being in London and some similar-aged students literally making fun of me for my teeth… it’s true that they don’t naturally look like headstones in an ancient graveyard, but there’s no need to make fun." — DPretilloZbornak

10. Casual dress

"My friend went to Germany recently, and what people said about Americans is you can spot them a mile away because they’re the ones wearing pajamas in public. Apparently, in other countries, at least Germany, they dress a little more formally and in less baggy clothes than we do in America." — MarcusWahlbezius

11. Baseball hats

"Baseball cap... even on an infant riding in a pram." — SyntheticOne

"Americans are shoe snobs (they don’t think they are, but they are). Setting aside wealthier business types, Americans generally wear more on-brand, on-trend, high-quality shoes than others." — Mouflony

13. They're loud

"That was my first thought. Americans yell at each other in normal conversation in public. I noticed it years ago in Europe, and now I can’t stand it in the US." — SucccotashOther277

14. Occupation matters

"Immediately asking someone what they do for a living when meeting them. Our jobs and work are our entire identity." — Bealzu

"I hate that about American culture. I'm an American and recently became a SAHM, so I don't have an answer to 'What do you do for a living?' Half the time, I add the caveat, ‘Oh, my last job was with Apple,’ so that I'm not written off as an unemployed ‘loser.’ But it really is dumb to determine a person's worth by what they do in order to afford food and shelter." — WassupSassySasquatch

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Husband's misunderstood, completely made-up lyrics to popular classic rap song goes viral

Something tells me they weren’t rapping about a hippopotamus..

Husband's made-up lyrics to a popular song are hilarious.

Every person that enjoys listening to music has belted out incorrect lyrics before, either because you misheard them or you knew you had no idea what they said so you just made up words that fit. Even in today's information age when lyrics are literally a few clicks away, people still sing the wrong words to songs. It gives it a little extra flavor. Think of it like lyric seasoning.

There was once a whole segment of people who learned that Def Leppard wasn't singing "pour some shook up ramen" from a car cell phone commercial in 2002. Songs that people heard growing up before the invention of the internet will forever be sung with the wrong lyrics. But this guy's completely made-up hilarious lyrics probably take the crown for most creative lyric swap.

Jay, who shares the TikTok account @yourstrulyaj with his wife, was filmed rapping his heart out to Bones Thugs-N-Harmony's "Tha Crossroads." He knew every word that shot out of the speaker at warp speed...or at least it looked like he did.

His wife, who was recording, stopped the music and asked, "What does he say?" That's when the truth came out. Jay said, "I don't know, I just be making stuff up." But his lip syncing was so convincing, it looked as if he was singing the lyrics word for word. So if he wasn't singing the correct lyrics, what the heck was he saying?

When she asked what he was saying while the song was playing, his answers left commenters in stitches.

"Hippopotamus. Group of guys gottemus."

His wife can be heard wheezing with laughter at his confession, but he's undeterred and continues singing, "What we gonna do when there ain't nowhere to hide." Commenters find his lyrics just as amusing as his wife does, including singer-songwriter, Muni Long who asked, "How you get Hippopotamus, Jay?"


"I been listening to this for 30 years and still don't know the lyrics. His are good as any," one person laughs.

"Don't matter what he said...his lip sync game was on point...didn't miss a beat," someone writes.

"Let's be honest when you actually see the lyrics to this epic song it's even hard to keep up with the real words. Bone thus on another level," someone admits.

It's true, that members of that group, especially Bizzy Bone, known for his rapid fire lyrics, rap at a speed even other professional rappers would be challenged to keep up with. Jay gets a pass on not knowing the words, and his wife should get him a gold sticker for most creative lyrical styling.

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Italy's lifeguard dogs work with humans to create a 'six-legged unit' for water rescues

Every year, the list of successful rescues on italy's beaches grows, thanks to these good doggos..

Dogs are able to pull multiple people in the water at once.

If you're enjoying the gorgeous waters off the coast of Italy and find yourself swept out by a riptide or a rogue wave or in some other kind of water peril, you might be surprised by who comes to save you.

Lifeguards on Italy's beaches will sometimes bring a canine companion along with them to assist with water rescues. These aren't just any old dogs —they're specially trained lifeguard dogs who are paired with a human, making a "six-legged unit" that's able to paddle multiple swimmers to safety.

According to Ferruccio Pilenga , president of the Italian School for Lifeguard Dogs, our furry friends make ideal lifeguard partners because they are able to remain calm under pressure and instinctively choose the safest path through the water currents to get back to shore safely.

And because the dogs are able to keep both the rescuer and the person(s) being rescued afloat, they allow the human lifeguard to conserve energy and focus on being a more effective rescuer.

"I always say, to pull a sled you need at least six dogs.To pull six people, you only need one dog," shares Pilenga.

The lifeguard school has over 350 certified rescue dogs. They currently save between 20 and 30 people a year, with those numbers increasing each year. These heroes jump from speeding boats and helicopters to reach people in distress. The training is rigorous and exhausting, but the dogs seem to enjoy it .

Pilenga started the training school after his own dog, a Newfoundland named Mas, rescued his daughter when she was struggling to stay above water in a lake as a young child.

Newfoundlands make great water rescue dogs with their thick double coats, webbed feet, and immense size and strength that allows them to pull large loads behind them as they swim. But other breeds of dogs are trained at the Italian School for Lifeguard Dogs as well. The school is serving as an inspiration for other countries to utilize dogs to aid in water rescues. In fact, there's even an American Academy of Canine Water Rescue in Massachusetts.

What a wonderful way to use a dog's natural strengths to save lives.

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Work team puts their New Year's resolutions on bingo cards, and it's a genius idea

Vision boards are out. bingo cards are in.

Who says goal-setting can't be fun?

It’s January, which means that many people are clarifying the goals they'd like to accomplish by next year. But finding ways to actually stick to those lofty New Year's ambitions isn’t always as easy as listing them out. Because, inevitably, pressure starts to set in.

But what if ticking off your resolutions list could be fun as well as productive? Sort of a blend of everything whimsical about a vision board and everything efficient about a to-do list?

Thanks to one work team’s ingenious idea, having the best of both worlds isn't so impossible after all.

As Michelle Wintersteen , owner and creative director of MKW Creative Co. , shared in a TikTok following the holidays, her team decided to swap out the vision boards and instead make Bingo cards for their 2024 goals.

The concept is simple: each goal is designated to a square on the card, and will be ticked off once accomplished. The first person on the team to get a row of five goals accomplished wins a spa service of their choice, according to Wintersteen. Bingo Cards > Vision Boards ✨ #branding   #marketing   #branddesigner   #branding   #marketingagency   ♬ What Love Is - Zimmer90

And while the Wintersteen’s card focuses on work targets, it’s easy to see how this idea can be fully customized, both in the types of goals listed and the prize to be won. Prefer a day trip to the aquarium or a fresh pair of boots instead? Go for it! The possibilities are endless.

The Bingo card approach is brilliant not only because it gives people something to look forward to but because it taps into a sense of play that keeps things fresh long after the novelty of making resolutions wears off—you know, by February 1st.

Plus, it’s not like you have to tick off every goal in order to get rewarded. All you need is five in a row to feel like a winner. What a great reminder that we don’t have to be all-or-nothing in our ambitions.

With nearly a million views, Wintersteen seems to have struck a chord with viewers eager to try it out.

“The cool kids do bingo cards,” one person quipped.

"Oooh, I'm so gonna do this!" added another.

Several chimed in with their own bin goal success stories.

“I did bingo cards last year and it was so fun and effective!” one person shared.

Some instantly began thinking up ways to contribute their own personal spin, like applying it to a book club. Obviously the reward for that group would be more books.

And perhaps the best part of all—it’s never been easier to digitally DIY your own Bingo card on Canva (though by all means, make it by hand if crafts are your thing).

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