Chilli – Bhut Jolokia


It was awarded the distinction of the World’s Hottest of All Spices by the Guinness World Records in 2006, topping the Red Savina Habanero, though was eventually toppled several times over. The current record holder for the hottest pepper in the world is the Carolina Reaper.

Ripe peppers measure 2.5 to 3.3 inches long and are usually red, though there are yellow, orange, white, purple or chocolate color varieties. They originate in Northern India and the peppers have been around for generations, though only cultivated in the western world since the turn of the century.

The pepper belongs to the Capsicum chinense family, like the Habanero, Scotch Bonnet and Red Savina.


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Latin NameCapsicum chinense Jacquin

Sowing Instructions – Sow chilli seed indoors as early as January if you have a heated propagator, or from March if you don’t. Transplant seedlings into individual 7.5cm pots, when the first true leaves appear. Eventually, plant into the ground or individually in 30cm pots of peat-free, multi-purpose compost. If growing your chillies outside, wait until all risk of frost has passed before moving them to their final growing positions.

Hints and Tips – Will grow very tall under glass in UK conditions. Needs warm conditions, both day and night for optimum yield potential. Can be harvested green and red. Extremely pungent with strong aroma.

Number of seeds – Approx 10

Maturity – Late maturity
Fruit Habit – Pendant
Fruit Colour – Red
Fruit Shape – Oval/globular with small tip/tail at fruit end
Fruit Size (length x diameter) – 4-5cm x 2-3 cm
Scoville rating – 855,000 – 1,041,427
Taste – Extremely hot

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