At Alphas Produce of Boston, we’re passionate about bringing you the freshest and most unique produce available. Today, we’re diving into the fiery world of one of the most notorious peppers around – the Ghost Pepper.

A Brief History of the Ghost Pepper

Originating from the northeastern regions of India, specifically Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur, the Ghost Pepper, also known as Bhut Jolokia, holds a Guinness World Record for being the hottest chili pepper in the world from 2007 to 2011. This pepper is a crossbreed of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens, producing a heat level that was unheard of before its discovery.

The Scoville Scale and Ghost Peppers

The heat of chili peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), and the Ghost Pepper boasts an impressive range of 800,000 to over 1,000,000 SHU. To put that in perspective, this is around 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce! The intense heat makes Ghost Peppers a challenge for even the most seasoned chili enthusiasts.

Growing Ghost Peppers

Growing Ghost Peppers requires a warm, humid climate, similar to their native regions in India. These peppers thrive in temperatures between 70°F and 90°F and need plenty of sunlight. The plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and produce a bountiful harvest of bright red, wrinkled peppers.

Culinary Uses and Cautions

Ghost Peppers are used sparingly in cooking due to their extreme heat. They add a fiery kick to sauces, salsas, and marinades. However, it’s essential to handle them with care. Always wear gloves when handling Ghost Peppers to avoid skin irritation, and be cautious of touching your face or eyes.

Here are a few ways to incorporate Ghost Peppers into your culinary adventures:

  1. Hot Sauces: Infuse your hot sauces with the intense heat of Ghost Peppers. A little goes a long way!
  2. Spicy Salsas: Add finely chopped Ghost Peppers to your salsas for an extra kick.
  3. Marinades: Incorporate Ghost Peppers into marinades for meats and vegetables to bring out a smoky, spicy flavor.
  4. Spicy Desserts: For the adventurous, try adding a hint of Ghost Pepper to chocolate desserts for a surprising twist.

Health Benefits of Ghost Peppers

Despite their fiery nature, Ghost Peppers offer several health benefits:

  • Pain Relief: Capsaicin, the compound responsible for the heat, is known for its pain-relieving properties.
  • Boosts Metabolism: The intense heat can help increase your metabolism.
  • Rich in Vitamins: Ghost Peppers are high in vitamins A and C, promoting healthy skin and immune function.

A Word of Caution

While Ghost Peppers can add exciting flavors and heat to your dishes, they should be used responsibly. The extreme spiciness can cause discomfort if consumed in large quantities. Always start with a small amount and adjust to your taste and tolerance level.

Where to Find Ghost Peppers

At Alphas Produce of Boston, we are proud to offer fresh, high-quality Ghost Peppers. Whether you’re a chef looking to spice up your menu or a home cook eager to experiment, our Ghost Peppers are the perfect addition to your pantry. Contact Us Today!


Ghost Peppers are more than just a spicy challenge; they’re a versatile ingredient that can transform your dishes with their unique flavor and heat. At Alphas Produce of Boston, we’re excited to bring you these fiery peppers and can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your culinary creations. Remember, a little goes a long way – so start small, and unleash the heat with confidence!