Clocking over 1 million on the heat scoville scale, the Ghost Chilli Pepper has a big chilli flavour with a mega heat hit! Due to their intense heat, only a small amount of powder is needed at a time to give a big flavour and fieriness to a dish.
All chillies contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation and helping with weight loss. Some people are concerned that because these chillies are so hot, it could actually kill them. This is false. Although eating an extremely hot chilli causes your pain receptors to react as if you are experiencing pain, it's only an illusion. They won't do any damage unless you have an allergy or an ulcer. You should not have a problem eating these chillies unless you know that spicy foods and hot peppers negatively affect your health. If you don't normally eat spicy foods, it's probably not a great idea to go straight for a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad scorpion or ghost chilli. Instead, ease yourself into eating the ghost peppers by trying more mild peppers like the jalapeno first. But if you're experimenting and discover you can't take the heat, a glass of milk should help you recover.
The ghost pepper, also known as bhut jolokia, is the number-3 hottest peppers in the world measuring a whopping 1,041,427 SHU! In the world of peppers, this hotness is measured based on the Scoville scale. The more Scoville heat units (SHU) that pepper has, the spicier it is. For example, the bell pepper has zero SHU, while jalapeño and chipotle peppers measure 10,000 SHU each. We harvest the Ghost Chillies at their peak ripeness, dry them to lock in flavour, and carefully grind them into a powder for your use.
How to use:
- Combine with salt in a shaker to make a delicious, spicy seasoning for finishing food
- Add a very small pinch to your chocolate sauces or puddings for a fiery kick that pairs beautifully with dark chocolate
- Combine with other chillies to create a complex depth of flavour and heat
- Used as a key ingredient in moles, tamales, enchiladas, salsa, soups, and any sauce that may need a bit of extra heat.
- Add to cold oil and bring to low heat to make a super-hot chilli oil
- Only a little is needed at a time to make a big, hot impact!
- 100% dried and ground Ghost Chillies
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Other names or spelling:
bhut jolokia, ghost jolokia