In a nutshell: One of the hottest chillies in the world, you may want to handle this beauty with gloves! Bhut Jolokia flakes should be added to curry dishes that call for powerful heat and deep flavour where its penetrating aroma can take affect.
One of the hottest dried chillies in the world, not to mention one of the tastiest. Bhut Jolokia (also known as ‘ghost chilli’) is grown exclusively in the Indian state of Assam where they say that “it stings like a wasp”! Three times hotter than the Habanero, with a whopping potency of 28/10 on the Scoville scale, the colour and shape of the Bhut Jolokia pepper also resembles the Habanero although it has a more smoky and intense flavour. You may want to handle this pepper with gloves and discretion! Use small amounts of these Bhut Jolokia flakes added to curry dishes, salsas or any meal that calls for powerful heat and deep flavour where its penetrating aroma can take affect. In India, they smear fences with Bhut Jolokia to deter rogue elephants from entering gardens!
Heat rating: 10/10
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.