Apollo Pepper Vs. Ghost Pepper: The Difference Explained

The Apollo pepper is one of the hottest peppers available today, if not the hottest. The hybrid pepper is of American origin and can be used to prepare a variety of popular dishes. The Ghost pepper is a hybrid pepper, just like the Apollo pepper. It is known as one of the hottest peppers! Although the two peppers have many similarities, they also have some distinct differences. 

The significant difference in the Apollo pepper vs. Ghost pepper debate is how hot they are. While both are among the hottest peppers available, Apollo pepper far outweighs Ghost pepper in terms of hotness, with a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) of about 3 million, whereas Ghost pepper has a range of 800,000 to 1,000,000.

Now that you are aware of the similarities and differences between the two peppers, you also  need to know what each Apollo and Ghost pepper consists of; this article provides that information. So let’s look at what Apollo pepper and Ghost pepper are made of.

Apollo Pepper Vs. Ghost Pepper

Now that you know what Apollo pepper and Ghost pepper are made of, we will discuss some of their differences below:

The Difference, According to Scoville Heat Unit (SHU)

Although unofficial, the Apollo pepper has a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of 3,180,000, while the Ghost pepper has a SHU rating of 855,000–1,041,427. The Scoville Heat Units of the Apollo pepper are most likely the highest ever recorded. A more accurate SHU will be obtained once the Apollo pepper is available to the public.

The Difference When Using Jalapeno as a Reference Point

Using a jalapeno pepper as a comparison, the Apollo pepper is 389 to 1,272 times hotter, while the Ghost pepper is 107 to 417 times hotter. The Jalapeno is mentioned here because it is one of the most popular chili peppers and is used in many culinary dishes all over the world.

The Difference, According to Origins

The Apollo pepper is of American origin, having been created by Ed Currie, whereas the Ghost pepper is of Asian origin, cultivated in Northeast India in particular. The Ghost pepper is made from Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens.

Origin of the Apollo Pepper

Carolina Reapers
Carolina reaper one of the cross species for Apollo pepper

Smokin’ Ed Currie, the founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, invented the Apollo pepper. The Apollo pepper was created by combining two of the world’s hottest peppers (the Carolina Reaper and Pepper X). As of today, the Apollo pepper is one of the hottest chili peppers available, with Scoville heat units of 3 million even when mild.

Ed Currie hasn’t revealed much about the Apollo pepper. The shape is unknown, but we expect it to look like a cross between the Carolina reaper and the Pepper X since it was created from both. The only Apollo product available is the Last Dab Apollo hot sauce, which many people describe as the hottest thing they’ve ever tasted. The burn is intense and causes teary eyes.

The hot sauce contains Apollo pepper, distilled vinegar, Apollo pepper distillate, and Apollo pepper powder. Because the seeds have not yet been made available to the public, they cannot be purchased at this time. One thing we do know is that Apollo has an earthy and fruity flavor.

Origin of the Ghost Pepper

How Long Ghost Peppers To Turn From Green To Red?

Ghost pepper is also known as Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morish, and Naga Jolokia. It is known differently in different parts of Asia. It is also one of the hottest chili peppers in the world, though not as hot as the Apollo pepper. The Bhut Jolokia, which originated in India, has a Scoville Heat Unit range of 800,000–1 million.

Before the Butch T Scorpion and the Trinidad Morgua Scorpion came along, it was the hottest pepper in the world. Then, in 2013, Ed Currie made the Carolina Reaper, which moved it further down the list of hottest peppers.

The Ghost pepper is different from the Apollo pepper in that a lot is known about it. The size of one is known, and it is a pod-like fruit that can grow to be 2 to 3 inches in length.

It starts out as a green pod and evolves into a red one over time. When it comes to flavor, it has a sweet and fruity flavor, similar to many hot peppers, but there is also a light smokey taste lurking beneath the surface. 

Ghost pepper burns slowly, unlike other super-hot peppers. When you take a bite, the spice kicks in after a few seconds.The burn begins slowly and progresses to the back of your throat. It also lasts a long time, and like many hot peppers, you might need milk or yogurt to get rid of it. The slow burn is what allows you to taste the flavor.

What are the Products of These Peppers?

So far, Apollo Pepper has only one product, the Last Dab Apollo hot sauce. This is primarily due to the fact that the peppers and seeds are not yet available for purchase. Ghost pepper, on the other hand, is available in a variety of stores and forms, including dried pepper, fresh pepper, and ground pepper, among many others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is Apollo Pepper Not Available In Any Market?

Ed Currie, the man responsible for developing the Apollo pepper, has not yet brought any products, including seeds, containing the Apollo pepper to market. The general public eagerly anticipates the release so that they can learn the average heat level of a single Apollo pepper.

Why Is It Called Ghost Pepper?

The Ghost Pepper is known as Bhut Jolokia in India, which literally translates to “ghost” in English. Because of this, the pepper is referred to as “ghost pepper.”

What Kinds of Foods Can be Prepared Using the Apollo Pepper and the Ghost Pepper?

Chefs all over the world have used ghost pepper in a variety of dishes, including pizza, salsa, and chicken wings. Apollo pepper, on the other hand, has never been used in the preparation of any food. The sauce is the best we’ve seen and it can be served alongside salads or meat dishes.

Final Words

After going through this comparison of the Apollo pepper and the Ghost pepper, we hope that you are now able to tell the difference between the two peppers and use them appropriately in your next meal. Happy cooking!

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