What is a ghost pepper?

There’s an unusually named pepper appearing in sauces and salsas around the world. It’s called the “ghost pepper”.

It’s real name is Naga Bhut Jolokia and it is one of the hottest peppers in the world. It’s a hybrid chilli from North East India but can also be found in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka where it’s known as the “cobra chilli”. In 2007, the Guinness World of Records named it as the hottest chilli in the world, just over 400 times hotter than Tabasco.

The name

Despite its hotness, however, the reason for the “ghost” nickname was actually due to a misinterpretation by the western world. It has nothing to do with how scarily hot it is.

Uses

This pepper does have it’s uses. As well as being used in cooking, it is also used as a remedy to summer heat causing perspiration for the consumer. It is also apparently used as an elephant deterrent by being smeared on the fences surrounded peoples’ homes.

Want to try it?

There are now food producers specialising in products that use the “ghost pepper”.

Here’s one that has many unusual products, including spicy candy, and even has a few recipes to try them in. http://www.bhut-pepper.com

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