Variety: Ghost Peppers

Variety Overview

Ghost peppers are small, about 2-3 inches long and half an inch wide, and can be green, orange or red, with shiny, somewhat wrinkled-looking skins. They're intensely spicy, at more than 1 million Scoville units, and are also known as Bhut Jolokia or Naga Jolokia. Their seeds and flesh both are spicy, and cooking does not diminish their heat.


  • Peppers, Chili
  • Cooking Vegetables,Salad Vegetables
  • Small, about 2-3 inches long, with shiny, slightly wrinkled green, orange or red skin and a pointed, slightly curved shape

  • Crisp, green to orange-red flesh

  • Extremely spicy, at more than 1 million Scoville units

  • About 2-3 inches long

  • Green, orange or red; typically harvested and sold in the orange-red stage, when they're at their most spicy

  • Pointed and slightly curved

  • Yes
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  • Flat white seeds studded around the pepper's inner ribs; seeds are extremely spicy

  • June through November

  • Photo courtesy Frieda's Inc.

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