Bhut Jolokia (Batch #1)

Bhut Jolokia (Batch #1)

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Ghost in the machine.
855,000-1,040,000 Scoville Units (Stupid Hot)

Ingredients: Fire-roasted Bhut Jolokia, apple cider vinegar, water, olive oil, sea salt.

All-natural, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and low sodium (45mg). No preservatives, gums, extracts, fat, or sugar.

About Bhut Jolokia (aka Ghost pepper)

Since we launched in 2015, customers have asked us to develop superhot hot sauces. We tested some initial batches, but thought the heat was too insane. Who in their right mind would want this much pain?

The requests didn’t stop. So here we are. Meet Bhut Jolokia. The 2nd release in our Stupid Hot line. This stuff is serious and you should take extreme care to keep it away from children and people with medical conditions.

Bhut Jolokia peppers are not grown commercially, so each batch is limited with no predictable schedule for the next batch. We are working to find farmers to supply future batches.

Bhut Jolokia, a name derived from the Bhutia Indians and from the word bhut, which roughly translates to “ghost,” are native to India and were first introduced to western markets in the year 2000. Botanically classified as Capsicum chinense and belonging to the Solanaceae or nightshade family, these chiles are gnarled, very hot, and range from 855,000 to 1,041,427 Scoville units, and one of the first varieties to be labeled as “superhot.” Legend has it that this pepper also received its ghoulish name from the delayed spiciness that sneaks up and surprises with its powerful heat, sometimes lingering in the throat and mouth for up to thirty minutes after consumption. Though it is considered a common culinary pepper in India, Ghost peppers have developed an infamous reputation in the western world through viral videos and pepper eating competitions. Despite their troublesome reputation, Ghost peppers are one of the most common superhot varieties grown in home gardens by self-proclaimed “chiliheads” for specialty hot sauces.

Ghost peppers should be used with extreme caution as the intense spice may be too overpowering and can render a dish inedible. It is recommended to be used sparingly, and gloves and goggles should be worn when handling and slicing the pepper. These peppers are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as stir-frying, simmering, and sautéing. When fresh, they can be pureed into sauces, relishes, and marinades, chopped into salsa, or dried, ground into a powder, and used as a spice or rub on grilled meats. They can also be charred and blended with herbs and aromatics to make a smoky hot sauce, cooked into jelly, diced and mixed into curries, stews, and chilis, or served in fish-based dishes. Ghost peppers pair well with pineapple, mango, meats such as poultry, beef, pork, and fish, garlic, onions, ginger, cilantro, tomatoes, rice, and beans.

While widely used in Indian cuisine, they have also become a natural repellent developed into defense weapons. The Indian military is utilizing the high amount of capsaicin found in ghost peppers for pepper sprays, pepper balls, and smoke bombs as an alternative to tear gas to help control violence. Despite the modernization of how capsaicin is used, chile pepper deterrents have been used in India for hundreds of years and were rubbed on property fences to keep wild elephants from entering into farmland. The elephant’s trunk is extremely sensitive to capsaicin and this is a natural way to deter the elephant before damage or harm can be inflicted. Some farmers even light on fire dry elephant dung mixed with ground Ghost peppers to create a spicy smoke bomb to deter away large groups of elephants, locally called a “dung bomb."

Ghost peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can help boost the immune system and contains vitamin D, which can help with calcium absorption to strengthen bones. The peppers also contain a high amount of capsaicin, which is a chemical compound that triggers the brain to feel the sensation of heat or spice. Capsaicin contains many anti-inflammatory properties that can help settle stomach acid, decrease allergy symptoms, and reduce digestive irregularities.

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