I'd like to try and grow some peppers this year. My dad and my brother both love hot foods, they even make their own marinade for hot chicken wings. As for me, some barbecue sauces can be 'hot' enough for me to not like them. I would love to find something that they can't handle.
So what would you guys say is the hottest pepper out there?
It is still debated, but Bhut Jolokia (an Indian pepper) has replaced Red Savina ( a habernero) in the Guiness Book of Records. Advocates of Tepin ( a wild desert bird pepper) and other Indian peppers like Naga Jolokia and Dorset Naga have not given up. They are all too hot for ordinary humans.
Supermarket in town remodeled and has more of a pepper display now. Haberneros are $8.99 a pound! Quite a few in a pound but still, what a price. Even hum-ho banana peppers are $3.49. Prices don't drop here much or any in the summer either (tourist season).
The Chile Institute at New Mexico University has Bhut Jolokia seeds:
Called up the Chile Institute this afternoon and ordered Bhut Jolokia seeds. The woman told me their germination rate is 77% at 80 to 90 degrees and can take up 58 (or 57) days. Committed to it now but I wonder if I'll end up ordering a few Bhut Jolokia seedlings come May.
I'm a little late to post but Bhut Jolokia is currently considered the hottest, and is easily twice as hot as Red Savina (a habanero variety that is about 10 times hotter than a "normal" orange habanero you'd find in a grocery store). I grew (or tried to grow) Bhut Jolokia last year but I was container growing and only had one produce fruit. What little fruit I did get was mind blowingly hot though. So far the hottest peppers I've tried are scotch bonnets and bhut jolokia but habaneros are no slouch either. (I like to eat "burn your face off" peppers now and then...you get a nice buzz off all the endorphins and adrenalin you body releases because it thinks you're self immolating)
And to David_Paul: I live in pepper land, and love hot peppers. I have a much higher tolerance for heat than most of the natives here in New Mexico (I'm a pasty white gringo) and I promise you nobody needs a pound of habaneros for personal use. A single habanero would make a gallon of chili hotter than most people would even consider eating a bowl of. Oh, and OUCH at $8.99 a pound. Fortunately I live in the right place for chile peppers...habs are $3.99/lb and fresh Jalapenos $0.99/lb at my local store and even cheaper at the various fruiterias nearby.