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Apr 6, 2009 06:32 PM

Nagu Jolokia hot pepper- can I buy it inToronto

I am looking for a pepper called Nagu Jolokia hot pepper. Apparently it can be purchased in Toronto as a fresh pepper. It is used in Indian cuisine. My nephew would really like to buy some.

The Naga Jolokia (also known as Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Chili, Ghost Pepper, Naga Morich) is a chili pepper that grows primarily in Assam state of India, but also in northeastern India (Nagaland, Manipur), Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. In 2007, it was confirmed by Guinness World Records to be the hottest chili in the world, replacing the Red Savina. Disagreement has arisen on whether it is a Capsicum frutescens or a Capsicum chinense. The Indians claim it is a C. frutescens,[1] but recent DNA tests have found that it is an interspecies hybrid, mostly C. chinense with some C. frutescens genes.[2
The link to Wikipedia - shows a photograph of the pepper.

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    1. I had some friends order them in from India. Watching them try to eat whole peppers was rather amusing.

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      1. re: radiopolitic

        Amusing? That's kind of perverse. At that Scoville level, it's pretty close to hospitalization time, either on the way in, or the way out.

        1. re: Snarf

          No one had to go to the hospital. I'm no stranger to doing crazy things in relation to spice myself. Having experienced the pain I found it amusing, we're adrenaline junkies. Stupid? Yes.

          Fun as hell? Yeah.

      2. I have some - get them shipped from the states. Never found a fresh one here though.

        1. I bought some Savina peppers in Kensington Market last weekend - they are the previous world record holder and are rated at 580,000 scoville units

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          1. re: Sambot

            I have some plants grown from seed (pepper joes seed catalog - both the regular and giant bhuts), and this year there are actually some decent sized peppers. Last year, for whatever reason, many peppers aborted at about the size of a pea or so, and were not hot at all. I have high hopes for this crop!

            1. re: Sambot

              @Sambot Can you tell me what shop specifically in Kensington Market that you found these peppers, please?

              1. re: dylan1111

                Perola's on Augusta. They have a covered area before you go into the main store, with many containers of different kinds of peppers. Everything is labelled.

                247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

                1. re: trane

                  I went to Perola today looking for them but the owner said he hasn't had them for awhile. Seems his supplier is having difficulty getting them.

                  247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

            2. Been looking for these since forever. Bhut Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, Naga Morich, etc. Made posts on another forum as well. No success anywhere in the GTA. Rumor has it that the 'dried version' is available in Little India, but they don't retain the same bite as when fresh

              Little India
              255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

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              1. re: duckdown

                I bought some dried ones at the spice shop in Jean Talon market in Montreal.

                1. re: acd123

                  cool, but they lose almost all the flavor and are alot less hot too :( i hear if you want to experience the real flavor and heat then fresh is the only way to go... and theres even different color stages... green, yellow, to red.. Pretty sure I read that they're hottest and ripest when they're bright red

                    1. re: duckdown

                      The smell of the dried ones is super intense. i haven't tried them yet but the smell is so fruity, smokey and intense that I'm sure the flavour will be there. I'll let you know. I may infuse some vodka for some blow-your-face-off caesars.

                  1. re: duckdown

                    I'm growing a plant from seeds I got from Pepper Joe's online. It's slow-going though, with some sources saying 8 months until plant maturity, and I've only been growing for about two months so far. It's healthy, though. In 6 months I'll let you know if you still want one.

                    1. re: stet

                      woooooooow... 8 months.. I hate that it takes so long. I thought about growing em too but with our "strange" summers here I doubt they'd last.. How are you growing them, under lights ?

                      I would definitely take you up on that offer if you've got an extra one! thanks

                      1. re: duckdown

                        I started it indoors, and it sits in a South-West-facing window with no blinds. It gets dry enough that the plant isn't cloyed with moisture. I've had good luck growing normal chilies, so hopefully it'll be hot and dry enough that I can bloom at least a few flowers. I might move it out onto the balcony if this summer is hot and dry enough, but otherwise it can stay indoors, I think.

                        1. re: stet

                          stet, my 3 jolokia plants thrived outdoors on a south-facing patio last summer - they have spent the winter in a south window with crummy exposure and aren't the worse for wear, other than a controllable whitefly infestation. The first summer I had them outside, it was cool and rainy and the peppers didn't set well, but last year was perfect. 8 months to maturity sounds unreasonable, with any luck you should get peppers this summer. A little slow-release fertilizer won't hurt. Overwintering these plants indoors is worth it to get a jump on pepper production for the next year.

                          1. re: gimel

                            That is excellent news. I knew that they were somewhat slower than regular peppers (for reference, I seeded another chili plant at the same time, and it's already producing peppers), and thought the 8-month mark was obscene. I also have some problems with white fly on my indoor plants, but I've found it's easiest to control with a weekly spray/wipe down with a 3:1 water:alcohol mixture. It works wonders on mites, as well.