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When To Pick Ghost Peppers?

When To Pick Ghost Peppers

When to pick ghost peppers? Well, consider this, ghost peppers have a Scoville rating of over one million.

The Scoville rating simply measures the caustic or biting taste of chilling peppers.

In other words, how many times would the pepper need to be diluted to bring it back to a taste most people wouldn’t react to.

The higher score they get on the Scoville rating units, the hotter the pepper is and when you consider with a score of over a million, ghost peppers can get extremely pungent.

The short answer to when to pick ghost peppers is when you begin to see a color change from green to whatever color it is meant to change to.

When this occurs, ghost peppers are heading for full ripeness within two weeks.

There is no definite answer when it comes to when the best time is to pick ghost peppers.

It really depends on the variety and the conditions in which it was grown.

Some people believe that picking them early in the morning or late at night when the pepper’s fruit is still cool will result in a hotter pepper.

When you’re choosing ghost peppers for your food, it’s important to understand the different types so you can make a decision about which one to use.

After reading the above many would say “why would you want to pick them”? The answer is easy.

They are a challenge and add the type of spice to food that makes dining exciting.

What Makes Ghost Peppers Unique

pepper heatGhost peppers are also unique because they have a sweet flavor with an intense pepper heat that lingers for up to twelve hours.

The word “ghost” comes from the fact that ghost peppers have no seeds and can be eaten without fear of choking on a seed.

Ghost peppers are also unique because they have a sweet flavor with an intense heat that lingers for up to twelve hours.

The Bhut Jolokia is a type of chili pepper from India. It was believed to have been bred in 1990s in Hyderabad, India and the name was derived from Bhut Jolokia = “Ghost Pepper”.

The peppers are small to medium size. Bhut Jolokia has been called one of the world’s hottest chili peppers with the “Scorpion pepper” considered the hottest with a Scoville rating heading towards two million.

These peppers are used in a variety of cuisines and can be eaten raw or cooked in sauces and stews. Ghost peppers are also used as an ingredient in some drinks, such as Bloody Marys’, Margaritas, and Caribbean cocktails.

Another reason why ghost peppers are obviously popular is because of their heat. Ghost peppers are not only hot, but they also have a unique flavor that sets them apart from other chili peppers.

One more reason why ghost peppers are so popular is because they are easy to grow.

They can be grown in a variety of climates and can be eaten fresh or dried.

Ghost peppers can also be used in a variety of dishes, including sauces, salsas, and curries.

The Health Benefits Of Eating Ghost Peppers?

Dried ghost peppers before being crushed into powder
Dried ghost peppers before being crushed into powder

Some people eat ghost peppers because they believe it has health benefits.

A study found that eating ghost peppers can increase metabolism and reduce inflammation. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

My father is in his nineties and ghost peppers are a staple part of his diet. He and my mother are expert gardeners and their pepper section is amazing.

They’ll pick a batch of ghost peppers when they are very ripe, bright red and then hang them up in clumps around the yard.

The peppers become dry and this is when they are taken down and mashed into powder. My father especially, smothers his for in this powder.

It’s extremely hot and a challenge to eat for the normal person but into his nineties, he credits this as being one of the factors that keeps him feeling young.

That’s his opinion only though and while there are health benefits to eating peppers, before you decide to go down the ghost peppers route, please talk to your doctor.

My Pop has been eating them for a lifetime. They take some getting used to.

Perhaps start with tiny amounts in your food and take it nice and slow.

When Should You Pick Them? – Not When You’re 5!

Peppers changing color from green to orangeAs a five year old child, my younger brother dared me to eat one of my parent’s ghost peppers as we stood in her vegetable garden admitting her work.

I accepted the challenge and without hesitation, grabbed the nearest pepper I could see and started eating it.

The result? Well, it ended well but it was the in-between which wasn’t pleasant.

A stay over in the local children’s hospital followed along with some well worn advice about being careful what you put into your mouth.

I still can feel the saying heat as I took my first bite. It was like an intense explosion in my mouth. At the time, I remember thinking even as a five year old, “is this how it ends for me?”

When to pick ghost peppers? Definitely not when you are five years old and standing the garden with your mischievous little brother.

Conclusion: When To Pick Ghost Peppers

What are the benefits of eating ghost peppers?
What are the benefits of eating ghost peppers?

In conclusion, ghost peppers are a great way to spice up your food. They are also a good way to get your adrenaline going.

When to pick ghost peppers? Again, usually when there is a color change starting. I will add, my parents did eat them green regularly before any color change.

Yes, they are very hot so picking these “bundles of extreme heat” will vary from person to person.

Some like them green, some like them in between colors while others like them when they’ve changed color completely.

However, you should only use them if you are prepared for the heat. So, next time you are looking for a new way to spice up your food, try using a ghost pepper.

Be sure to use caution when handling these peppers. They could cause skin irritation and are spicy enough to cause an upset stomach.

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JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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