I recently bought a bhut jolokia plant at the farmers' market, since no jalapeño plants were available. I was told that this was another "hot" pepper, but it wasn't until I got home and Googled it did I realize what I had purchased! Does anyone have suggestions on how to use this monster? I tasted a TINY sliver of one pepper and was in tears for 20 minutes!
Bhut Jolokia (ghost chili)
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Those puppies do have some SERIOUS heat! I've been tempted to try my hand at growing some, but haven't yet.
I imagine that putting a few in a jar of vinegar and then sparing use of the vinegar in dishes might be a way to get some of the flavor without all the heat.
I do think they have a flavor that is unique and tasty but what bothers me is they, along with habs are so hot that it isn't practical to get the concentration of flavor without also getting so much capsicum that it blows out the flavor. Not to mention I've never been on the side of the fence that believes that sweating, vomiting, and the possible torture on the way out is in any way considered good eats.