Our Orange Ghosts Chilis are a sugary-sweet, citrusy superhot hybrid variety of bhut jolokia. Grown on Fire Tongue Farms in Hollister, California, and picked at full maturity, they have a more approachable heat level (325,000 Scoville units) and fuller flavor than many other superhots. Carefully snip off a few pieces with shears to add to stir-fries, salsa, coconut milk sauces, chili, beans or spice blends. Or gather around with friends and family and have a chili-eating competition — at your own risk!
Partner farmer Levon explains the history of ghost peppers, and why these superhot Orange Ghosts are less hot than others in the category: "Prior to the development of Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper, the Ghost peppers were once known as the hottest peppers in the world.
"While these Orange Ghosts are said to clock in around 855,000-1,041,427 Scoville units, according to our seed source, we found that they were much less spicy, and more flavorful. Its always hard to put a number on just how spicy they are after a certain point but we would compare their heat levels to another pepper that they look very similar to: the habanero (around 325,000 Scoville units).
It is a mystery why they are not as spicy as the seed packet indicated, but one reason might be due to the cool nights in our climate compared to the conditions in which they are typically grown closer to the equator. While ghost peppers are typically only recommended for the bravest of chili eaters, this one should be accessible for people who can handle varieties with reasonable amounts of heat such as a Cayenne or Habanero."
- Snip off a piece and add to stews, soups, chili, curries or pots of beans
- Add to fresh salsas for real heat
- Host a family superhot-eating contest — at your own risk!
The peppers are grown by Fire Tongue Farm in the cool, coastal climate of Santa Cruz, CA, and the warmer inland climate of Hollister, CA. Partner farmers Ryan and Levon specialize in growing chili peppers of all shapes and sizes, and they are dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment on and around their farmland, rotating between grazing sheep and growing peppers. You can taste the difference!
Their work builds healthy soil, prevents erosion, protects wildlife habitats and conserves water and other resources. Learn more at firetonguefarms.com