Ghost Peppers: 12-13-12

Because of our recent, very low temperatures here in north Texas, i’ve had too pull all the peppers from my plants or they get mushy and gross.  My poor cold peppers…  Sob!  They look so sad.  So i’m making more candied peppers.  Unfortunately, these were mostly pablano, Anaheim, and bells, none of which are very hot.  So in order to spice up the candied peppers, i’ve added slivers of Ghost Peppers.

The Ghost Pepper, also known as The Bhut Jolokia, has been around for many centuries and it is believed to have originated in Assam, India. The word Bhut, given from the Bhutias people, means “ghost” and was probably given the name because of the way the heat sneaks up on the one who eats it.  Consider that the Tabasco peppers that i grow, which are pretty hot, only have a rating of about 2,500 on the Scoville scale.  The Ghost pepper reaches 1,041,427 units on the Scoville scale!  Really Freakin Hot!

A customer of mine at the farmer’s market brought me a bag of them.  This is definitely something that i need to grow in the future.  This pepper can make grown men cry.  And i won’t even touch them without gloves on, because they’ll even make your fingers burn.  i thought the Thai Hot Peppers i’ve grown in the past were about the hottest things ever, but they don’t compare to these!  i’m saving the seeds and will start my peppers indoors, as always, in January under UV lights.  Hopefully i can get these bad boys to grow!

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