Naga Morich

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Naga Morich
Unripe Naga Jolokia (Naga Morich) Chillies
Heat Exceptionally hot
Scoville scale SR: >1,000,000[1]

The Naga Morich, closely related to the Bhut jolokia, is a chilli pepper cultivated in Bangladesh and North East India. It is mostly very similar to Bhut Jolokia, or Ghost Chilli. In UK it is called Dorset nag which is originally from Bangladesh. It is one of the hottest known chili peppers.

Plant characteristics[edit]

Like many varieties of the Chinense species, the Naga Morich is a small to medium shrub with large leaves, small, five-petaled flowers, and blisteringly hot fruit. It differs to the Bhut Jolokia and Bih Jolokia in that the pods are slightly smaller with a pimply ribbed texture as opposed to the smoother flesh of the other two varieties.


The plants are cultivated in North East India and Bangladesh.[citation needed] They are also grown in the USA, United Kingdom (as subspecies Dorset Naga) and Australia for the production of hot sauces, and in Finland, where it is mainly sold fresh in supermarkets.

Culinary usage[edit]

The Naga Morich chilli is extremely hot, but has a flavor that is quite unique.[clarification needed] Like the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper), it has a sweet and slightly tart flavor, followed by slight undertones of woody, smoky flavors. The chili is traditionally used green by the Bangladeshis, often eaten raw as a side dish. It is well suited for BBQ and grilling due to its unique flavor profile.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Scoville Scale". Pepper Information. Retrieved 8 May 2011.