How well do you know the infamous ghost?
Our ten-question ghost pepper quiz tests your knowledge of this well-known super-hot pepper. From its origin and (often surprising) uses, to its heat and flavor. See how well you stack up!
All answers to our quiz can be found in PepperScale articles, so feel free to search the site to discover what makes this pepper tick. The best place to start? Check out our comprehensive ghost pepper guide. We also let you know in real-time if you’re right or wrong (and more info about the answer), so use our quiz as a great place to jumpstart your knowledge.
True or false: Ghost peppers can reach over a million Scoville heat units on the Scoville scale.
At their maximum, ghost peppers peak just over a million Scoville heat units, with a range from 855,000 to 1,041,427 SHU.
Which of the following is the traditional Indian name for the ghost pepper?
Bhut Jolokia is the Indian (Assamese) name for ghost pepper.
Which is hotter? The ghost pepper or the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion?
While both are super-hot peppers, the scorpion can double the heat of the ghost pepper, reaching up to 2 million Scoville heat units.
How much hotter than a jalapeño can a ghost pepper be?
The ghost is up there in heat, dwarfing the jalapeño. Comparing the mildest jalapeño to the hottest potential of the ghost pepper, the ghost can be over 400 times hotter.
Behind the heat, which flavor is most associated with the common ghost pepper?
The ghost pepper has a sweetness to it, fruity and tropical. The pepper is quite tasty before the heat really hits.
Which of these facts isn't known to be true?
Yes, ghost peppers have been used to make smoke bombs and keep elephants at bay. As a fuel source? Nothing yet on that front.
In what country did ghost peppers originate?
This super-hot pepper has its origins in India (though all hot peppers originally hail from the Americas).
Which chili pepper on this list can be hotter than a ghost pepper?
While the 7 Pots can be just as hot, their top range typically falls short of how hot a ghost pepper can get. The Infinity pepper, though, can reach up to 1.25 million Scoville heat units. That's about 200,000 more than the top level of the ghost.
In terms of heat, do ghost peppers typically have a slow burn (heat takes a few seconds to build) or a fast burn (heat hits quick)?
Ghosts are known for having a heat that sneaks up on you. It's a slow burn to begin with, but after a few seconds the heat grows. And grows and grows.
Which Capsicum does the ghost pepper belong to?
The ghost belongs to capsicum chinense, which most super-hot peppers belong to.