Help me identify these mystery chilli peppers, Obi-Wan. You are my only hope!

4 June 2009

mystery hot deformed chilli peppersWe bought these peppers at the grocery store last week, labelled as "Korean Peppers". On Teh InterWebs, I find references and descriptions and photos of Korean peppers with are long and thing, not bulbous and deformed. So I turn to you, dear readers, for help in figuring out just what these are.

On the day we bought them, I took a bite out of one, and no heat.

Now, no heat for me is not the same thing as no heat for the rest of the population. Jalapenos are not, for me, hot. At all. They aren’t warm or even lukewarm. They are completely neutral. In fact, the vast majority of all peppers I’ve had in my life – and that’s a fair bit – have been like that. Those that actually had any amount of kick were far and few between.

mystery hot deformed chilli peppersThen, a few days later, I tried again, and this time, kick! A few days after that, Kick! After eight or so hours out of the fridge, with definite colour change from absolutely all green and nothing but the green through to bits and pieces of yellow, orange, and red, and we’re getting KICK!mystery deformed hot chilli peppers, sliced

Then I pickled ’em. Vinegar (boiling) with a bit of salt and sugar poured over top. And a couple days later, I tried one slice.mystery deformed hot chilli peppers, sliced & pickled

The back of my tongue and throat went numb. 😀

And there was much rejoicing in the kingdom…

But seriously, please, can you tell me what this is?

ETA: Fahim asked his mother, and she confirmed that these peppers are Nai Miris (Cobra Chillies in Sinhala), also known as Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Chilli, Ghost Pepper, King Cobra Chilli, and so on on. It’s disputed whether this is Capsicum chinenseor Capsicum frutescens, although DNA tests show that it’s an interspecies hybrid, mostly C. Chinense with some C. frutescens genes.

Whatever its lineage,these are the hottest peppers in the world with Scoville Units at around 800,000 to more than a million. Yowsa!

And that certainly makes me happy. 😀

Much thanks to everyone who helped me figure this out. 🙂

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3 Responses

  1. #1
    Joel Sax 

    Maybe it is this:

  2. #2

    Laurie, now that I’ve seen pictures of them I’m pretty sure those are Scottish Bonnets or Habeneros. Mostly they’re called Habeneros here in Oklahoma USA, but I’ve heard them called Scottish Bonnets on the Food Network. They also come in orange, which is just leaving them on the bush longer. I’m told the orange ones are hotter. Can’t prove it by me, I don’t eat the things.

  3. #3

    Thanks, nita, for your response. I don’t think it was the habanero simply because I’ve had them before and they didn’t have any bite. Yes, I’m a freak of nature. 😀 Plus these peppers are longer and much more dimpled than the habaneros I’ve seen.

    Joel, it’s looking like you’re right. That pepper is locally known as the Nai Miris (Cobra Pepper) and is grown here. Funny that this is the first time I’ve seen it.

    I’ll get confirmation from Fahim’s mother as soon as I can – pics are on my computer upstairs, so have to wait until she’s up here.

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