The exotic. The unique. A tempting spice that’s never been sampled before. I’m talking about hot peppers that you could never find at your local grocery store. To get the sensations that a true heat seeker craves, we sometimes have to take extra steps. Maybe a recipe needs a twist that can’t be faked. Maybe another pepper needs checked off the scoville bucket list. Here’s the good news heat seekers: there are sources that can ship you just what you need.
Below are online retailers that specialize in shipping hot fresh peppers. Just be aware that many sellers only offer fresh whole peppers while they are in season, which may start as early as April through October, depending on where they are grown. Warmer climates and places that don’t have frost may have peppers available longer. There can also be periods during the season when no peppers are available due to the natural cycle of the plant. Purchasing frozen peppers (see The Chile Guy, below) makes them available year-round.
TIP: Have your fresh peppers delivered to somewhere where you will be able to receive them in person. The last thing you want is your peppers to be baking in the sun on your porch or, worse, in a hot mailbox. That would be no good for your spicy nuggets!
Remember, this is fresh produce being shipped in a box all over the country, and sometimes one or two peppers may be lost to rot or get damaged if the post office gets a little too frisky with the package. It’s not common, but it can happen. Returns or exchanges are typically also not allowed since these are perishable items. Also, many hot pepper sellers will only ship on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays because Priority mail takes 2-3 business days. This is to ensure that the peppers are not sitting for any extra time at mail sorting facilities over the weekend.
Please explore the following companies shipping fresh peppers across the U.S.! Looking where to purchase fresh pepper in Europe? Check out PepperWorld Hot Shop below.
GhostPepperFarms is a father & son farming operation located in central Florida, growing one of the hottest peppers in the world, and one of my personal favorites, the Ghost pepper (aka Bhut Jolokia). Chile heads out there can order fresh ghost peppers starting in June or live ghost pepper Chile plants (April – June). Currently taking pre-orders. Wholesale purchases also welcome.
Located in Kentucky, Peppers By Mail offers fresh peppers delivered to your door when in season, which is typcially late June or early July through October. They offer about 30 or so varieties and specialize in gourmet rare and unusual peppers ranging from sweet and mild to melt your face hot. Many of the super hots are available like the Carolina Reaper, Ghost Pepper, Moruga Scorpion. They also have Sampler boxes & pepper seeds available for purchase.
Located in Florida, Baker’s Peppers offers fresh peppers delivered to your door when in season, which is in the Spring. They currently state around April 1st their peppers should be available for sale. Baker’s Peppers specializes in fresh super hot peppers like the Reapers & Scorpions. They also offer Pepper Plants, seeds, dried peppers, and seasonings.
Located in Alabama, A&M Farms offers fresh peppers delivered to your door when in season. They currently offer Red Scorpion chile peppers and mixed boxes are available according to crop production. Each mixed box may include any of the following: Carolina Reaper, 7 Pot Primo Yellow, 7 Pot Primo Red, Red Ghost, Red Scorpion, Dragon Cayenne, Habanero, Serrano, Hot Lemon. Additional varieties will be added for online ordering as they are harvested. They also offer sauces, seeds, spices and powders.
Looking for non-dried, chopped and frozen New Mexico and certified Hatch Green Chiles? The Chile Guy is for you! Available in packages of 5, 10 and 25 pounds. For commercial customers they can also send pallets or even whole truckloads. Also available: dried chile peppers, powders, & pepper flakes.
Located in Illinois, Ghost Pepper Store offers fresh hot chile peppers delivered to your door when in season. Their peppers should be available for sale by July. Ghost Pepper Store mainly specializes in a good variety of fresh super hot peppers. They also offer dried peppers, smoked peppers, powders and seeds.
Located in Germany, PepperWorld Hot Shop ships fresh hot peppers across Europe. They offer Carolina Reapers, Trinidad Scorpions, Bhut Jolokia, 7 Pot Primo, fresh Cayenne Peppers, Hot Lemon, many habanero varieties, Peter peppers, and much more. They offer a huge assortment of gourmet foods, pepper seeds, pepper plants, sauces, spices and more.
Located in Fresno California, 1freshleaves offers whole fresh Thai chile peppers online via their Etsy shop. They also offer fresh produce used in Thai cooking, such as Kaffir lime leaves, Thai eggplant, lemongrass and more. Items are picked fresh when you order and are organically grown with no pesticides or chemicals.