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Place to buy super hot peppers locally?

So, my buddy that was planning on growing a bunch of really hot peppers (Chocolate habs, Ghost peppers, Trinidadian Butch Scorpions, etc.) just informed me that he flaked out for the year and he will not be growing anything. I feel defeated to say the least.

Is there anywhere locally (preferably in MPLS, but I am willing to drive within reason) that carries peppers of this caliber? Obviously Rainbow/Lunds/Kowalski's carry regular habs, but they have been pretty lame in the past when I have tried them. I used to at least be able to find actual hot habaneros at the UofM Farmer's Market, but last summer it seemed nobody grew them. I know you can buy dehydrated habs and ghost peppers at Midwest Supplies in SLP, but I would prefer fresh.

Has anyone else had this problem, or am I the only one that likes to cook atomically hot food?

Thanks.

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  1. I cannot think of any vendors that may have something beyond habaneros. Maybe an ethnic grocer of some kind?

    I've looked into getting a Ghost Pepper plant, but they are quite expensive (relatively speaking) and require a very long season, on top of this climate not being the best and the plants being finicky.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      Yeah, that's my thought too. I think I'll try some of the other farmers markets this summer, especially the big Minneapolis and St. Paul ones, although that is probably a long shot as well. Oddly enough the Roundy's in uptown carried a few small cartons of ghost peppers for a brief time this winter, but I haven't seen them back since.

      Ordering online is probably the answer, but I am a big fan of immediate gratification.

      1. re: magz0r

        The hottest I have seen at the STP Farmer's Market has been habaneros, and they're generally in pretty short supply (I've only seen one vendor carrying them). Otherwise, you're not going to find much beyond Thai chilis and cayennes, much to my disappointment as well.

    2. I asked about ghost peppers, and was told Holy Land will carry them from time to time. Cub has them featured on their pepper hotness scale chart, but I did not see any in house.

      The Friends school plant sale has ghost pepper and just about every kind of habanero plant. The ghost pepper plant were plentiful enough that I had enough for poppers for football games every Sunday.

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      1. re: kevin47

        DUDE! Thank you! I had never heard of this event before. I am absolutely going this weekend and going crazy, despite having never grown anything before. Everything on my hit list will be there.

        Seriously, thank you.

        1. re: magz0r

          I've seen ghost peppers at Kowalski's on Grand, come to think of it, as well as a salsa with them on their shelf.

          I don't grow hot peppers, but I would try a couple of these just for the novelty. Someone recently told me that they don't get as hot in our climate.

          1. re: magz0r

            http://www.etsy.com/listing/94378378/...

            I successfully grew Bolivian Rainbow Pepper plants in the Twin Cities in large clay pots and they matured nicely. I set the pots outside when the temps got high enough (may-september) and the peppers were intensely hot...and very good looking.

            1. re: magz0r

              You might consider going early on Friday or Saturday (they replenish supplies for each day). I have a suspicion the hot pepper plants will disappear quickly this year. Not to delve much into gardening, but if you have a prototypical Minnesota tract house, you'll want to enrich your soil, grow in pots, or do a raised bed for peppers. Also, don't give up on them. They love cool/cold weather, so October might be your best harvest month.

              If it doesn't pan out, check Minneapolis Farmers Market. There is one reliable pepper stand in particular that has good habaneros. Also, for raw heat, don't underestimate locally grown serranos. They are MUCH spicier than the imported ones.

          2. A few Cub locations actually had (what they called) ghost peppers prepacked last summer.

            1. Several of our growers are growing hotter varieties, and Shady Acres (here on weekends) has ghost pepper seedlings.

              1. The peppers that i get from several of the hmong vendors at the mpls farmers market and transplant into my gardens vary from insane hot to mild. I put in enough plants that i get enough to use for home made sahrrachi etc... If you don't have enough room to grow 20 or so plants picking ones that will be hottest is impossible. There is the growing factors, rain, amount of sunlight, and ambient temps to consider which all contribute to the quality of the heat. So go get a few and hope for the best. I have had best luck with the thai peppers, extremely hot, i have found no one who desires any more heat. Eachp[lant is a bit different.

                1. Obviously, it's tough to get fresh, unique(small market) peppers year round in MN. That said, the best source I've found is a wholesale Mexican produce warehouse off Lake St. called El Chinelo. Don't count on anyone speaking English. Their dried pepper selection is the best in town, their fresh pepper selection is not bad. Off subject, but worth noting: excellent fresh corn tortillas, 3 dz./$.99.

                   
                  1. I was just poking around the Garden listings on Craigslist looking for black dirt, and see there is someone selling Bhut's and Scorpions out in Plymouth for $10.

                    1. I bought a Ghost Pepper plant at the St. Paul Farmers Market. Only saw the one vendor with them, $5. I wish I could remember the name of the place, Farmstead or something like that? There are only about 4 or 5 vendors selling a lot of variety of veggie / tomato plants, so probably shouldn't be too hard to track down.

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                      1. re: semanticantics

                        I have purchased the Ghost Chilis from Cub foods and have found them to be no hotter than Habaneros.