Hot peppers are actually members of the nightshade family. Hot peppers have long been used as a spice in a variety of ethnic cuisines and are considered to have medicinal properties. Capsaicin, the active principle, releases endorphins that can relieve pain and itching and can be used to “burn” out a cold. It is also used for sore throat, circulatory problems, and problems in the GI tract. It can, however, cause other stomach problems if consumed in excess. This packet contains an eclectic mix of pepper seeds including some of the hottest in the world as well as some that we do not even have available on their own. Among the hottest include the desert tepin, the ghost chili and even some hybrids. Enjoy this virtual Russian roulette as you grow a variety of peppers trying to figure out which will burn and which you can bear.