Also known as White Bhut Jolokia, measuring a whopping 800 000 – 1 million on the Scoville Scale, the White Ghost Pepper is one hot baby! That’s over 100 times hotter than a jalapeño!
This summer (2015) was the first time I grew it and it proved to be a very happy grower, producing freely, going through a slightly quiet phase a couple of times. I don’t know whether that is natural or just my plant! I grew it in a medium sized pot, as I do with all my chilli plants as I like to keep them indoors, taking them out for a few hours on really hot summer days.
The white ghost pepper, which is a natural variant of the regular bhut jolokia and comes from north east India, is apparently quite rare, and I don’t know how pure this strain is as it’s not showing that wrinkly look synonymous with super hot chillies..
It really is rather beautiful, the pods turn a creamy off white when ripe, as you can see in the above picture. When we fancy a really hot curry, we drop a whole chilli, sliced in two halves, into the curry – erm, unless you can handle the heat, don’t try these at home kids!
And they add a serious kick to dips!