Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Green Hot Chilli Peppers!

These innocuous looking chilli peppers happen to be the
hottest in the world! This is my first harvest! The plant
was actually doing quite well but waterlogging after the
rain has brought about its sure death! Thank heavens I've
three more plants in pots.

Much has been written about the Bhut jolokia which was
recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's
hottest. The Assam native of the family of Capsicum
Frutescent has a scorching 1,001,304 Scoville heat units.

Although this plant will not survive, the other three
have a good number of blooms on them. And throughout
summer I'll get to pick a few at a time.

As I post this I'm wondering how popular this plant is
around the world. Have you ever grown this plant? I'd
love to know!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful peppers Kanak. We've never grown this one but I do see it occasionally at the international food market. What recipes do you use these in?

Kanak Hagjer said...

That's nice to know Mildred. We don't have any special recipes but we like our fish curry to be really HOT so I add half of it without the seeds. That takes care of all the punch! One has to be very careful while handling them. Otherwise the 'heat' on the hands can be unbearable!

lotusleaf said...

Mouth-watering and eye-watering pictures.

Stephanie said...

Oh yes Kanak! I recognise this one. I saw similar shape (the body is not smooth) one but red in colour. Super HOT! We were at a restaurant and we served with this chilly (we just call it chilly in general). Though it was one small little plate only, we could not even finish it!

Anonymous said...

Ouch, too hot for me Kanak! They are an interesting shaped pepper. Jalapenos is as hot as I can go. ;)

easygardener said...

Yes way, way to hot for me as well even though I like curry. I'll stick with my relatively cool ones :-)

Susie said...

Never seen this one before Kanak! At first they reminded me of Habaneros. So what type of dish do you cook with these peppers?

Kanak Hagjer said...

Padma, thank you for stopping by.

Same here, Stephanie. We say 'chilli' too. The word pepper is generally used for 'black pepper' in India. But we love our chillies:) So it's like graduating to a hotter one as one gets older!

Racquel/Easygardener...ouch is more like it!

Susie, there's no special dish as such. We just make the curry, especially fish, hotter than usual.

tina said...

They look good, but no thanks. I don't like hot at all. When I first saw the pic I immediately thought of Matron's veggie contest. If you have one more you can enter these. They look good-if deceptive.

Nicole said...

wow I envy you-I love growing and trying all kinds of peppers. Here in the West the seeds of this variety are quite expensive

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Tina...for the comment and for mentioning matron's veggie contest. I just checked it out and loved the posts!!

Hi Nicole, thanks for that bit of info.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Beautiful Kanak, I love hot the stuff! I grow a lot of different chilies but I must admit that I prefer the milder varieties :-)

Take Care xoxo Tyra

Chandramouli S said...

Oh, I've heard that one single chilli would suffice a dish! These are famous in Kerala and I've so wanted to get the seeds to grow 'em here. Still hunting...
Wonderful shots of the chilli blooms. I love the way they bloom, hanging down. They remind of a bride during her marriage!

Prospero said...

That's too hot for me. I try to grow the ones with a more modest profile.

Jessica said...

I love peppers. I actually have one with the blossom tattooed on my leg. Maybe I will post a photo on my blog sometime.

I have not grown this variety but I know other chili nuts that have. I have grown a number of other obscure peppers though. We have a seed bank here in the US that will give you a small amount of rare seeds, including peppers, under the stipulation that you report back to them germination rate, maturity rate, dimensions of fruit etc. I am not growing any peppers now as my husband said I had to use up what is in the freezer first :)

Sunita said...

Kanak, of course I grow these and you know why;)
But mine havent bloomed or fruited yet though they look very healthy. I hope they're building up their strength for a nice big crop!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Tyra/Prospero, not too many people like it VERY hot!!!

Chandramouli, let's see about the seeds. I still have some left.

Hi Jessica, I hope you do. I'd love to see it! Thank you for mentioning the seed bank. For a garden blogger what could be better than this? Note down everything and you have something to refer to!

Sunita, I'm so happy to know that. I'd been wondering how the chilli plants were doing. That's wonderful!!!

Titania said...

Hi Kanak, I grow Chilli and use them every day in any salads. I would not dare to grow this hot hot hot one. I grow Jalapeno for chilli Jam and fresh use. also a long red one which can be quite hot but I am sure not a million "thingi whatever hot". I also like to grow the scots bonnet which is also very pretty and hot.
Lovely pictures of the chilli plant. I grow them mainly from seed but just now the vegetable gardener brought one home from the nursery, as mine have all gone,kaputt!

Yogita said...

Funnily enough, I've been told that chillies are not native to India - they were introduced by the Portuguese a few hundred years ago.
And I remember reading this variety is native to Assam. I wonder what the real story is.

Anyhow - I was wondering if you would be interested in joining Seed Circle India (
We're still setting up, but hope to have a seed circle going soon.
Drop by when you get a chance.