Chile, Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia), Ground
Yes, it’s the real deal. Confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 as the hottest pepper in the world, the Ghost Chile Peper (Bhut Jolokia) has a Scoville rating of just over 1 million units. This is twice as hot as the previous record holder at that time, the Red Savina. This chile is also known as Bih Jolokia, Borbih, Dorset Naga, Ghost Pepper, Mirch, Mircha, Naga Morich, Naga Moresh Nagahari, Raja Chilli, Raja Mircha, and Tezpur.
Many of the names for this chile include the word “Naga” which was the name of the ferocious Naga warriors, who once inhabited Nagaland in Assam, one of India’s most fertile chile growing regions.
Ghost chile powder is all about heat! However, if you can get past the heat you’ll notice a balanced, slightly fruity flavor. Try using in place of other chile powder in recipes, but remember that it us up to 5 times hotter than habanero!
Use extreme caution when working with these chiles! Wear protective gloves and a breathing mask; wash all utensils and work spaces thoroughly with soap and water when finished.