When it comes to the Prik Kee Noo peppers, the smaller the pepper the hotter the heat index. These popular Thai influenced peppers are the smallest of the peppers and they pack a wallop of taste and heat combined. Caution need be taken when dealing with these little fire bombs.
The heat packed into these peppers measures an impressive 100,000 to 250,000 units on the Scoville Scale of ranking. Prik Kee Noo peppers rate an eight on the heat scale with one being the minimum and ten being the maximum rating.
The appearance of this variety changes from a juvenile green to a mature deep red with an orange hue appearing in the middle of the growth. Prik Kee Noo grows in clusters that droop down from the plant. The peppers from this plant are extremely small. These peppers are 0.5 cm to 4 cm long.
Taste and Smell
The odor of the Prik Kee Noo pepper is very pungent and strong. The flavor of this variety has a fragrant taste. The undertones are a welcomed addition to recipes without overpowering the other flavors in the dish.
This variety of pepper is most commonly found in the areas around Thailand. This includes such countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. There are also close variations found in India and are a primary ingredient in Keralia, India.
In India the Prik Kee Noo pepper is a primary ingredient in many traditional dishes. It is very popular in chili and soup preparations. Thai people also enjoy this pepper as a snack or a raw addition to many dishes.
The Prik Kee Noo seeds should be planted 1/4″ deep and an inch apart. After germination these plants need to be thinned to about two feet in distance apart. This variety enjoys growing in warm soils and climates with adequate fertilizing upon transplanting and extra doses every two weeks. These peppers require a large amount of water for hot and dry periods through the growing season.
The Prik Kee Noo is a very hot pepper variety that should only be consumed by the experienced hot pepper consumer. The name Prik Kee Noo is translated to “mouse droppings chili”. This pepper is so popular in Thailand that there have been songs written about it that have even led to a number one hit in 1990.
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