Ghost Chili

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

ghost chilliLast November, I read this article on BoingBoing about the crowning of a new capsasin king. At a 1,000,000 scoville units, the Bhut Jolokia from southern India is over 100 times hotter than any jalapeño. I soon found myself searching for seeds. The Bhut goes by several other names including “Ghost Chili” and “Poison Chili”.

It turns out that the New Mexico State University has a “Chile Pepper Institute” that sells the rare seeds. Priced at 10 seeds for $5, these things arn’t cheep. This is compounded by the fact that most articles stated that the seeds had a low germination rate. To be safe – I bought 20 seeds.

Come March, all 20 seeds had sprouted…

Not needing twenty plants, I gave most of the seedlings away. My parents planted 2 and a friend working on a farm south of Portland took the rest. Of course, I let everyone know about the possible potency of the final fruit.

8 Responses to “Ghost Chili”

  1. » Some gardern photos | gabriel mcgovern (dot com) Says:

    […] are some photos that I took this morning. The first one is a baby Ghost Chili plant. The next two are a nightshade that I picked up at the nursery. Related to the tomato and […]

  2. gabrielmcgovern » Blog Archive » Pepper Envy Says:

    […] in March, I spoke about the the Ghost Chilies that I had planted. Like many peppers, these thrive best with a long, hot growing season. Unfortunately, this summer […]

  3. Sam Says:

    That is one hot pepper!

  4. gabrielm Says:


  5. Christine Clary Says:

    How and where can I purchase the ghost plant or seeds?

  6. gabrielm Says:

    There is a link in the post, but here it is again. I purchased my ghost chili seeds from the New Mexico “Chili Pepper institute” at

  7. gabriel nagmay (dot com) | Archive » Ghost Chilli Seedlings Says:

    […] in 2007, I got my hands on some of the elusive Bhut Jolokia seeds and grew a single plant. We got a few peppers, but the yield wasn’t great – so, I […]

  8. Anonymous Says:


Leave a Reply

You know you want to...