Burnt Chimney resident Bill Forrer had a successful first attempt at growing one of the hottest peppers in the world over the summer.
Forrer planted a Bhut Jolokia, also known as a Ghost Chile, in a large flower pot on the back porch of his home in April. The plant now sits more than 4 feet tall with multiple orange peppers that top out at more than one million on the Scoville scale that measures heat.
By comparison, the pepper is more than 400 times hotter than the mildest jalapeno pepper.
The Ghost Chile was listed as the world’s hottest pepper in 2007. It was eventually beaten in 2010 by the Carolina Reaper that is listed at more than 2.2 million on the Scoville scale.
“I don’t even like peppers,” Forrer said. “I’m just growing them for the novelty of it.”
Forrer said part of the reason he grew the plant is for his son who is a fan of spicy things. He plans to pick the peppers in the coming weeks and make them into a pepper jelly for his son.
Next year, Forrer said he plans to purchase a Carolina Reaper and try growing it at his home.