For me personally these little peppers are more decorative then edible but are undeniably a growing trend in home gardening. I grew my peppers in 3 Gallon Pots this year with great success. The extended warm weather has certainly helped this year and some plants have produced prolifically. I’ve likely harvested 150 or more pods from my Ghost pepper.
Some of the other super hot pepper plants that I’ve enjoyed include the Scorpion Pepper, Yellow Scotch Bonnet, Congo Red Habanero, and Lemon Drop. The Scorpion Pepper plant is large and produces reasonably well but being rated at 1.8 Million scovilles it firmly removed from my dinner plate. Both the Scotch bonnet and the Congo Red Habanero are great peppers for hot sauces or hot pepper jellies but should be used sparingly as the are still incredibly hot.
My Personal favorite this year is the Lemon drop pepper. It has been a vigorous plant and a strong producer for me this year. The peppers have a very pronounced citrus favor even fresh and although still very hot (3X’s the heat of a pungent cayenne pepper) the peppers could potentially have several uses. I will be pickling some as well as making salsa verde and while hot I like the taste and will likely find a fresh use for them as well.
Remember when handling these peppers makes sure to use gloves. The oils are extremely hot and can be excruciating if it gets into your eyes, mouth or even on sensitive skin. The oils can linger on fingers for a few days and can often give you a nasty surprise when you aren’t expecting it. In the past lingering oils on my cutting board have ruined my dinner, and temporarily at least, my well being.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these plants in my garden this year and will plant both lemon drop peppers and yellow scotch bonnet peppers.