The Purple Ghost pepper, which is wrinkly and pointy, has a very fruity flavor that kicks in almost immediately after consumption. The Purple Ghost pepper is a relative of the original Ghost pepper, but the Purple Ghost pepper has become popular because it is a very rare superhot pepper that is also considered an ornamental. The peppers start off purple and eventually mature to red. Although it is visually appealing, it still has an intense heat level like the traditional Ghost pepper. The extreme heat builds up for several minutes and eventually creates a powerful endorphin rush.
From 2007 to 2012, Guinness World Records certified that the Ghost pepper was the world's hottest pepper. Eventually the Ghost pepper was overtaken by the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the world’s hottest pepper. In 2013, both of those peppers were taken over by the Carolina Reaper.
There are several different colored strains of the Ghost pepper, including the Red Ghost pepper, White Ghost pepper, Peach Ghost pepper, Chocolate Ghost pepper, and Yellow Ghost pepper. The Ghost pepper is related to the Naga Viper, Dorset Naga, Naga Morich, Chocolate Bhutlah, and Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion.