The Bhut jolokia, also known as ghost pepper, ghost chilli pepper, ghost chilli and ghost Jolokia, is an interspecific hybrid chilli pepper cultivated in the Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur as well as in Nepal. It is a hybrid of Capsicum Chinese and Capsicum frutescens and is closely related to the Naga Morich of Nagaland and Bangladesh.
In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the ghost pepper was the world's hottest chilli pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The ghost chilli is rated at more than 1 million Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). However, in the race to grow the hottest pepper, the ghost chilli was shortly superseded by the Infinity chilli in 2011, followed by the Naga Viper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion in 2012 and the Carolina Reaper on 7 August 2013.
Scolville Rating: 855,000 SHUs