The incredible Ghost Pepper – Naga Bhut Jolokia
For many people the fascination and attraction to super hot chillies starts with the Ghost Pepper also known as the Naga Bhut Jolokia or the Ghost Chilli.
There has been a suggestion that the name ‘Ghost Pepper’ was derived from the Indian word Bhut which means ‘malevolent spirit’ but it is more likely that it came from the Bhutia tribe which may also have come from the same word. Whatever the source, it is definitely an appropriate name.
The Bhut Jolokia was listed in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chilli in the world. There are now varieties known with a higher Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) – (click here for an introduction to the Scoville Heat Unit system) like the Carolina Reaper and others, but the Naga Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper still commands a very credible reputation as the original king of super hot chillies. Continue reading Ghost Pepper – The original super hot chilli!