Chile Peppers, Ghost
Ghost Peppers, Bhut Jolokia Hot Chiles
Known by several names, including Bhut Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, and poison pepper, these fiery chilies are best known in the West as Ghost Peppers. They clock in at a staggering 800,000 to 1,000,000 Scoville units, or 4-5 times hotter than habanero peppers.
In 2007, they were acknowledged the world's hottest pepper, and held that title until 2012 when Scorpion Peppers edged them out. Their capsaicin content is so high that farmers in India have been known to smear fresh chilies on fences to keep wild elephants away.
Use these thin-skinned peppers to add a blast of heat to sauces, salsas, chili, or any dish that needs heating up. Use sparingly, and handle with care. Cut peppers in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves or wash hands thoroughly after handling.