Ranking #4 on our worlds hottest pepper list for 2019.
Ghost peppers are from the assam region located in india. In 2007 they were officially the worlds hottest pepper, the worlds current hottest pepper is the carolina reaper.
The new mexico university did testing on the bhut jolokia aka ghost pepper. They also tested the moruga scorpion, trinidad scorpion, 7 pot and the chocolate 7 pot.
How hot are ghost peppers? The results where scorching…
Ghost pepper test results
Average shu / of 1,019,687 million shu and at its Peak shu / of 1,578,548 million shu
So how hot is the ghost pepper?
Official new mexico state university testing on the hottest peppers in the world
Where did the ghost pepper get its name from?
The ghost pepper got its name from the hindu demon or ghost called bhoot or bhuta. As bhoot or bhuta meaning ghost hince the name bhut jolokia aka ghost pepper.
Because bhuta is said to be a supernatural creature usually the ghost of a person, therefore this pepper being called the ghost pepper because like a ghost this peppers heat will sneak up on you.
What region did the ghost pepper come from?
Ghost peppers aka bhut jolokia peppers are interspecific hybrid peppers from india. They were discovered in the assam region in the mountains near naga land and bhutan. The locals even use dried ghost peppers to hang around the out skirts of there village to ward off wild elephants, so that shows you how hot ghost peppers are. Ghost peppers are also related to the naga morich which grows right next store in nagaland. In that region and through out india the military even uses them in there pepper spray weapons.
Can eating the ghost pepper kill you?
Yes, according to a 1980 study if a person that is 150lbs three pounds of this chili could take there life. See article here
But to give a better answer than the one above considering know human person would ever being able to eat 3lbs of the ghost pepper that would be around 150 fresh ghost pepper pods. So lets talk about the heat of the pepper, hot peppers heat is only something our mind thinks is happening.
What certain people have experienced from other super hot peppers where thunderclap headaches and a hole in there throat liner.
However the person that had there throat liner burned wasnt from the pepper but from the stomach acid from throwing up after eating the pepper as the stomach is loaded with acid so if you make yourself vomit that can cause more damage then anything.
So in a real world not 1980 the answer would be no ghost peppers will not kill you nor will any other hot pepper kill you.
ghost pepper challenge videos
Two of the most viewed youtube videos of eating ghost peppers, on the left you have sean evens from hot ones and chili klaus eating a ghost pepper, carolina reaper and a couple other super hot peppers. On the right you have rhett and link taking the ghost pepper challenge eating some scorching hot ghost peppers.
Want to find out how hot the ghost pepper is for yourself? Check out these sauces made with ghost peppers one of them for the hit show hot one's by torchbearer sauces.
This horse will kick… Torchbearer sauces gives you headless horseradish made with the ghost pepper it will kick you in the mouth and then the butt in the morning… Visit heatonist.com to place your order for this hot sauce on hot ones.