Bhut Jolokia

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Bhut Jolokia
Classification C. chinense
Type habanero
Fruit color red
Fruit shape pendant
Fruit size small
Heat level extremely hot
Scoville Heat Units (SHU) 800,000 - 1,500,000
Maturity midseason
Variety type open-pollinated
Country India
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Bhut Jolokia - ripe fruit. 2014-10-23.


Later season pepper that needs to be started early in our area. It does quite well in 2 gallon pots, but much better in the open ground or larger container. Pods are conical and crinkled, they turn from light green to red color, 2.5-3" long and 1" in diameter at the stem end, Extremely hot and very flavorful and aromatic. (6 seeds / packet)

Seed source:

local nursery

Year grown: 2014

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


  • Reportedly one of the world’s hottest chilli with an official Scoville heat rating (SHU) of 1,001,304 SHU, twice that of the previous record holder, the Red Savina.
  • According to Wikipedia, Bhut Jolokia is an interspecific hybrid cultivated in the Indian states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur. There was initially some confusion and disagreement about whether it was a Capsicum frutescens or a Capsicum chinense pepper, but DNA tests showed it to be an interspecies hybrid, mostly C. chinense with some C. frutescens genes.
  • First offered in the Seed Savers 2010 Yearbook by Gary W. Maness of Greensboro, North Carolina (NC MA G) (seeds from NC JO R 2008) and Harry Martz of Imler, Pennsylvania (PA MA H), seeds from NMSU Chile Pepper Institute.
  • Assamese: ভোট-জলকীয়া

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