The Letter of the Day is B: “B” is for Blush and Bhut Jolokia

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Blush is a beautiful heirloom tomato that I grew for the first time last year. When I ordered it from Baker Creek Seeds, for some reason I thought it was a paste tomato. After further reading (the seed packet) I realized it was actually a small grape shaped cherry. What attracted me to it was, of course, it’s light golden color blushed with red streaks. I am crazy about stripes! The plant grows about 5-6 feet high and was absolutely loaded with these tomatoes. Finally they ripened and I couldn’t wait to try them.

 My first impression was that they were tart. As I bit into it, my mouth was flooded with sweetness. after about three of them I figured out what made them so unique. The skin (first impression) was tart and the inside (second impression) was sweet for a pleasant combination.

My only observation is that they have thin skins and tend to split which is not uncommon in a cherry tomato. The taste and appearance make it worth growing.

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Bhut Jolika (Ghost Pepper)

Ah, the infamous ghost pepper that everyone is talking about. Also known as Naga Morich. Legendary variety, one of the world’s hottest peppers, if not the hottest, with readings in excess of 1,000,000 Scoville units! Bhut Jolokia starts out slow but eventually makes tall plants, exceeding 4 ft in favored locations. The thin-walled, wrinkled, pointed fruits reach 2-3” in length, ripening mostly to red.

I would advise caution if you are going to eat these. I am selling a limited amount of these and wonder if should buyers sign a disclaimer!

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One thought on “The Letter of the Day is B: “B” is for Blush and Bhut Jolokia

  1. I am going to have to show your blog to my wife. She grows the best tomatoes and hot peppers ever!

    We already have our seedlings ready inside and waiting till it gets warmer to move them outside.


    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

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