super hot plants found locally, LI, NY
I found a nursery with a greenhouse near my house that grows super hots! Next year I'm planning on having lots of different peppers to add to my sauce. I just happened to be browsing the succulents when I noticed the nurseryman had a small corner of HUGE ghost pepper plants. They had to be like 7' tall, in containers & with both ripe & ripening fruit.
He had a bunch of starts too that varied from wee little ones to the big ol, 'Honey get the jeep' kind! I struck up a conversation with the nurseryman who seemed surprised I knew the varieties (mostly from hearing you all talk) as I only know congo, weri weri & habs. He didn't have much, moruga, butch, & bhut but I'd never seen them anywhere for sale.
He was happy to give me 2 ripe ghost pepper pods & some of his sauce as well. He admitted the bhut was too hot for him so he cut the sauce with some hab, but it was good just the same. Wasn't particularly hotter than any table sauce I or my mom makes so I'm guessing not alot of bhut in there. I froze the pods he gave me, I'm going to have a go at them the next time I make up a big pot of Pelau. If it's too hot to enjoy, I plan to pop 'em into the magic bullet with some weri weri. Waste not want not 8)
He said he has a Guyanese friend who turned him on to the hot peppers but I got the feeling I was the first one to walk into that place, find value in them & look to buy. None had prices & he looked a little surprised when I made my way to them. I got the feeling too that he started them as an oddity because he said something about eating a ghost pod raw & having to spit it out. All I was thinking was 'why would anyone waste a good pepper trying to eat it without food?' I don't know if it's a WI thing but it's nice to have a bit of cucumber or avocado on one's plate when eating with pepper sauce.
I was *going* to buy some now & keep them in the house till next year, then I figured why bother when the greenhouse is so close & I can come check out their progress throughout the cold weather! I can't wait to see how they fare. I can't figure out why he started them now though. Shrug. Who cares. I can't wait till next year. Every mother's day, it's been a tradition btw my mom & I to trade hot pepper plants, next year my offerings are *sure* to top hers! heh heh!