No less than twenty (20+) chocolate bhutlah seeds. The chocolate bhutlah became famous nearly over night when a Youtube pod reviewer announced it was hotter than the Carolina Reaper. Is it hotter than the Carolina Reaper? I think it depends on what you consider the challenge to be. The Chocolate Bhutlah is much larger than the Carolina Reaper. The pod consumed by that youtube reviewer was an exceptionally large example of a fresh chocolate bhutlah. So maybe the SHU is close to the Carolina Reaper but the sheer size of the pepper provides more pain per pod rather than per weight.
Chocolate Bhutlah Seeds
Our chocolate bhutlah seeds have produced the hottest and largest pods of any strain we have identified thus far. The peppers are positively painful to eat whole. If you have been following our grows over the past few years, you’ll know we have been experimenting with multiple strains. One from the United Kingdom, one from Italy, one from the United States as well as our own efforts. Rather than continue to grow so many different strains, we have chosen the largest and hottest we have thus far grown.
Chocolate Bhutlah Pod Size
Please note that although the heat in each of these is tremendous, the pod sizes will very for a bit while we work on the dna each year. Currently, we are pulling off two isolated grows a year. One indoors under lights and one outside using isolation methods. But most of what we have been growing from these seeds are turning out wonderfully. Not like the many so called chocolate bhutlah seeds that produce what looks much more like a chocolate ghost.
Chocolate Bhutlah Credit
Giving proper credit where credit is due is difficult when it comes to the Chocolate Bhutlah. Like the Red Bhutlah and the Brown Bhutlah, the name comes from the combination of Bhut (the ghost pepper) and Douglah (a 7 Pot variety). But that is where the story gets a bit complicated. Here is what I can tell.
The first Bhutlah variety was reportedly a red grown by Chad Soleski. It was a cross between the Bhut Jolokia and the 7 Pot Douglah. A friend of Mr. Soleski by the name of Steven Mclaurin nick named the cross “bhutlah” by combining the names of the two peppers. Cad Soleski and Steven Mclaurin each continued to grow this new strain separately. Each eventually produced a chocolate colored Bhutlah.
According to Steven Mclaurin ( aka StandAndFire ), a third cross: The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T was involved in creating the newer Chocolate Bhutlah. But Chad Soleski and many others grew the Red Bhutlah and found Brown Bhutlahs growing right along side their read. That suggests a natural variant of the Red Bhutlah. So a person does have to wonder if the brown in Mr Mclaurin came from the third cross. After all, the Butch T is a red pepper. Perhaps the addition of the Butch T dna had little to do with the color change. Perhapse Mr Mclaurin’s cross pollination did not take and the original mother plant simply self pollinated as peppers most often do. Without dna testing, I doubt we will ever know.
Eventually, Steven Mclaurin went to work with one large scale seed distributor and Chad Soleski’s creation found there way into other large seed distributors. Making matters even more complicated, while this was happening in the United States there was another Chocolate Bhutlah being grown in both the UK and Italy.
Without a detailed dna analysis, I doubt we will ever know how the Red Bhutlah became the Chocolate and Brown Bhutlah and how the differing strains of Chocolate Bhutlah compare.