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Feb 3, 2012 09:43 PM

Bhut Jolokia in the GVRD?

Dear Fellow Chowhounds;

I'm a budding (get the pun?) gardener in Vancouver and I'd love to know if I can find a place to buy Bhut Jolokia (aka Ghost Pepper / Ghost Chili) seeds, plants, or even whole peppers?

I'd love to start growing my own so I can play with the ridiculously hot peppers - so if I can't find any seeds, I can prob. dry some from a whole pepper.

Maybe I could buy some seeds from a local restaurant that uses the peppers, and doesn't use the seeds?

Sorry if this is more of a gardening question than a food question, but I've been asking around and most local garden supply stores in the GVRD don't carry specialty peppers. I figure that the crazy foodies on here might have some extra insight, since I'm sure there are some heat-chasers on here!

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  1. You'll have to look for an online seed supplier and Pray for a long hot summer.

    Back when I grew Chile Peppers the harvest was very 'iffy' here on the coast-my guess is that last summer was a total wipeout for Peppers.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      I've been able to find a few "iffy" sellers on eBay, but they're all located in the U.S. and I wonder if getting them over the border via mail might be a problem.

      I'd grow them entirely indoors, where I can keep the temp and light up to spec.

      I'd prefer to buy them from a local person so I can have some sort of recourse if they stiff me with the wrong seeds. Plus, I feel shady buying seeds online like some sort of drug dealer, lol.

      1. re: mborghese

        Online seed sales predate cannabis sellers by decades-before the net a common way to buy seeds for veggie &flower gardens was ordering from paper catalogues and having seeds delivered through the mail-ideal since they are so small/light.

        If you know how to use google you can find dozens of suppliers easily-if you don't then you don't have a prayer growing anything-and indoor cultivation is trickier (and much more expensive) than you suppose.

    2. Man, I saw them somewhere ... you know, I think it was when we were passing through Keremeos during the summertime. I think it was the Mariposa fruit/veggie "stand" where they have a selection of hot peppers. Sorry, it's not local ... but it's interesting to know that they are around.

      I pass through Keremeos a bunch of times during the year ... I can look for you this summer/fall if you like. :)

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      1. re: bill_n_opus

        That is a bit of a drive. But if you do see them there this summer, give me a shout. I can always have them mail me some seeds.

        Thanks for keeping an eagle eye!

        1. re: mborghese

          I'll keep an eye out ... it's the usual rest/kid's "bladder" stop.

          what I remember is that I always walk by the hot peppers section and I saw the Jolokia peppers and said "Holy sh*t" and told my kids not to touch them just in case the flesh was broken and they get the capsicum onto their skin or eyes.

          That would not be cool with freaking out kids and stuff.

          I'll keep a lookout and report back when we travel out those parts.