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There’s no better way to spice up your garden than growing one of the world’s hottest chili peppers: Bhut Jolokia, otherwise known as the ghost chili. In 2007, the ghost chili was certified as the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness World Records, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce and 125 times hotter than the spiciest jalapeño. (The current world record goes to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.) It’s so hot that in 2009 India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation announced plans to use the peppers in hand grenades. Before you get carried away, though, the ghost chili can be used for peaceful, tasty purposes too. In MAKE Volume 33, Portland, Oregon-based maker Gabriel Nagmay taught us how to grow this lovely little pepper and even shared his recipe for Belizean-style Ghost Sauce. Check out Gabriel’s full how-to and invite the ghost into your garden.

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Illustration by Evan Hughes


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MAKE Volume 33: Software for Makers

In our special Codebox section you’ll learn about software of interest to makers, including circuit board design, 3D CAD and printing, microcontrollers, and programming for kids. And you’ll meet fascinating makers, like the maniacs behind the popular Power Wheels Racing events at Maker Faire. You’ll get 22 great DIY projects like the Optical Tremolo guitar effect, “Panjolele” cake-pan ukelele, Wii Nunchuk Mouse, CNC joinery tricks, treat-dispensing cat scratching post, brewing sake, and more.

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