Hot Peppers – Feel the Heat

Every season Glen Echo Nurseries likes to turn up the heat!!  We seek out a range of specialty hot  peppers, and this year is no exception.  We have received many new hot peppers for you to grow in your own backyard.  Spice up your everyday boring meals with one of these flavourful but fiery peppers.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


Hot Peppers are listed here in SHU – Scoville Heat Units


Coffee - A New Variety! At time of printing, very little can be found about this exciting new pepper. We are earnestly searching for more info, but for now all we know for now is this unique pepper has a lovely coffee flavour and is on the more mild end of the hot pepper scale. Try it & let us know what you think!

Dragon Roll Shishito Pepper

These 3 to 5-in. (8 to 13-cm) peppers carry a mild heat when young. 1 in 10 peppers are hot, and it is a surprise which one you will get! Milder than a jalapeño pepper, but let you know you got some heat. Scoville Scale: 200


A variety of sweet pepper with rich flavour and a slight simmer of heat. When unripe, it is light yellowish green in colour, but will turn bright red if allowed to ripen. Scoville Scale: 1,000


Poblano - The poblano pepper is a popular Mexican chili pepper, very dark green in color, ripening to dark red or brown. They are mild, large and are heart-shaped. When dried they are known as an Ancho Chili. SHU 1,500

Cherry Hot Pepper

Cherry Hot Peppers - A milder hot pepper - more of a sweet heat. It is thicker walled and great for stuffing. Medium heat peppers inline with jalapeño peppers but with a sweeter flavour. SHU: 2,500 to 5,000


Jalapeno - Thought of as very spicy, but the jalapeño is merely mild to moderate. Its bright, grassy flavor makes it king in the kitchen – perfect for everything from salads to stuffed peppers. SHU: 2,500 to 8,000

The Bishop's Crown

The Bishop's Crown - A beautiful large plant with fruity pepper flavour & medium heat from Barbados. Named for its distinct, three-sided shape resembling a bishop's crown. Scoville Scale: 5,000—30,000


Serrano - This pepper comes in a varied heat range from a medium hot green pepper to a very hot chili pepper that is red when mature. Named for the mountain ridges in Mexico where they originated. It is considered a fruit, & only second to the jalapeño pepper in popularity in Mexico. They have a bright, grassy flavor . The serrano pepper is an excellent culinary chili, with a wide range of uses (just like the jalapeño), from using them raw on sandwiches and salads to roasting them as a spicy side. It’s also an excellent hot pepper for homemade salsas and hot sauces. Scoville Scale: 5,000—30,000

Peter Pepper

Peter Pepper - This one may have the neighbours talking but this odd little pepper is worth a closer look. Comparable to a jalapeno in flavour, though they can be fruitier and up to 9x’s hotter. Great for salsa. SHU 10,000 to 23,000

Lemon Drop

Lemon Drop - Seasoning pepper from Peru, it ripens to a clear lemon yellow, sometimes with a dark purple blush. The flavor is a very clean, uncomplicated, slightly citrusy heat with very few seeds. SHU 15,000 to 30,000

Black Cobra

Black Cobra - It’s shorter & slightly fatter at the base then the thai chili and it’s most dangerous when it’s black (right before it starts to ripen to red). The always shiny fruit grows upwards. SHU 20,000 to 40,000


Cayenne - A moderately hot chili pepper generally skinny, mostly red in colour, often with a curved tip & rippled skin, which hang from the bush as opposed to growing upright. SHU: 30,000 to 50,000

Super Chile

Super Chile - This pretty pepper is wonderful used as an ornamental plant, but don’t be fooled, it brings the heat. It has a neutral flavour so goes well in dishes with already strong flavours. SHU 40,000 to 50,000

Hot Portugal

Hot Portugal - Very hot, very thin, very red, very glossy - this superb variety doesn't do anything halfway! Elongated, curved fruits on 4 ft. plants grow to 7" or more in length. Use red or green.   Scoville Rating: 50,000

Thai Peppers

Solid heat and a fruity, lightly earthy flavour, these chilies fall in the range of “pretty darn hot”, about 23 times the average heat of a jalapeño. At the lower end of the heat scale. SHU 50,000 to 100,000

Bird's Eye

Bird’s Eye - Called Bird’s Eye Chili because of their small round shape & because they have been spread by birds, which are not affected by the heat of the peppers. 10 to 20 x’s hotter than a jalapeno. SHU 50,000 to 100,000

Thai Dragon

Thai Dragon - An heirloom chili pepper dating from the nineteenth century. With this attractive pepper plant, you get some solid heat- extra hot spiciness and a fruity, lightly earthy flavour. SHU 50,000 to 100,000

Scotch Bonnet

Scotch Bonnet, aka Bonney peppers, or Caribbean red peppers, it is shaped like a Scottish cap. Sweeter than the habanero, this pepper gives jerk sauce its unique flavour. Scoville Scale:80,000–400,000

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire - These pencil thin, thin-skinned explosive chillies are one of the first hot chillies to ripen. They are very similar in character to the Cayenne but significantly hotter. Scoville Scale - 85,000

Wiri Wiri

Wiri Wiri - A cute little pepper that is a staple from its native Guyana. Known for its tomato-like appearance & delicious, tangy flavor,. This pepper is an essential ingredient in South American cooking. SHU 100,000 to 350,000

Maya Habanero

Maya Habanero - An outstanding pepper to grow but will burn your tongue pretty quickly! 3-4” long bright red, glossy, lantern-shaped peppers are longer and slender than the typical Habanero. SHU 150,000 to 350,000

West Indian

West Indian - A scorching hot habanero from the Caribbean that is dependable & productive. This blazing fruit is a must have in Caribbean kitchen gardens, as the fiery pods are a staple in Jamaican jerk & hot sauces. SHU 450,000

7 Pot Congo

7 Pot Congo - The Congo Yellow Trinidad pepper - aka the Chocolate habanero and it is very hot. They are usually two times hotter than regular habaneros and with an excellent fruity flavour. SHU 800,000 to 1,000,000

Ghost- Red Ghost

Ghost - Red Ghost - Legend has it that this pepper also received its ghoulish name from the delayed spiciness that sneaks up and surprises with its powerful heat, sometimes lingering in the throat. SHU 855,000 to 1,041, 427

Ghost- Peach Ghost

Ghost - Peach Ghost - Peach in color only, this pepper is HOT! This is a cross between a traditional Ghost and a Trinidad Scorpion with a peach-colored exterior.  This pepper brings some serious fire! SHU 900,000

Ghost- Purple Ghost

Ghost - Purple Peach - This purple wrinkled pepper is 125 times hotter than a standard Jalapeno pepper! The Bhut Jolokia Purple is a rare, natural variant of Red Bhut Jolokia. Ghost peppers can reach over 1,000,000 SHU.

Yellow Naga

Yellow Naga - The Naga pepper, cultivated in India, is known as the Ghost peppers hotter cousin. A excellent variety with very good taste & very high yields of very hot pods that are medium to large sized. SHU 1,000,000

7 Pot Golden

7 Pot Golden - Created by crossing the Yellow 7 Pot and Gold Ghost pepper. Ripens to a vibrant golden color. Although it hasn't officially been tested on the Scoville Scale yet, it is believed to average about 1,000,000 SHU.

Leviathan Gnarly Scorpion

Anytime a Scorpion is mentioned, you know your going to get stung! This incredibly hot pepper is not for the faint of heart. It is a medium sized, dark red pepper that is long and lean with a wrinkly, bumpy skin. A very hot pepper that produces many of these menacing peppers and is surprisingly easy to grow. SHU 1,0000,000 plus

7 Pot Primo

7 Pot Primo - One of the hottest peppers in the world. The 7 Pot Primo’s heat level is extremely hot and it has a sweet, fruity flavor.  It has thin wrinkly skin with small bumps on the outside. SHU 1,2000,000 to 1,900,000

Trinidad Chocolate Scorpion

Trinidad Chocolate Scorpion - Sweet Heat, this pepper is as hot as the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion but with a mellower, less acidic flavor with smoky undertones & a hint of earthy sweetness. SHU 1,200,000 to 2,000,000

Naga Chili Pepper

Naga Chili Pepper -Fresh Naga Chilli is also also known as Naga Morich or Naga Viper pepper and sometimes even called the Snake or Serpent Chili. It is one of the world's hottest chilli peppers. A superhot pepper from Northeast India and Bangladesh, it is closely related to the bhut jolokia, or ghost pepper. This pepper is extremely hot, but has a flavor that is quite unique. Like the Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper), it has a sweet, fruity and slightly tart flavor, almost floral in flavour and aroma. It is followed by slight undertones of woody, smoky flavors. SHU 1,382,118 to 1,500,000

Apocalypse Scorpion

Apocalypse Scorpion - Believed to be one of the hottest peppers in the world - right up there with the Carolina Reaper. Developed in Italy, this super hot pepper is incredibly spicy with a fruity flavour. SHU 1,400,000 to 2,200,000

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion - Straight from the depths of hell, it is a rare sought after pepper that was only just recently discovered. Once you take a bite of this formidable pepper the heat never stops building. SHU 2,009,231

Carolina Reaper

Carolina Reaper - It has a distinct and sweet flavor before the heat kicks in, so it is important to be extra careful when eating them. The spicy heat will come down on you like no other pepper. SHU 1,500,000 to 2,2200,000

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