World's Hottest Chili

Carolina Reaper is officially the World's Hottest Pepper as ranked by Guinness Records in 2013. As of 2020, the Carolina Reaper still holds the official Guinness title of world's hottest pepper. It was bred for heat and that it gets with an average SHU (Scoville heat units) of over 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU! Scoville heat units are a function of capsaicin concentration present in the pepper.

SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness).

Pepper Scoville Scale displayed as Peak SHU Values.

SHU is a way of quantifying how spicy a pepper is by measuring the concentration of capsaicinoids. Capsaicin is the chemical responsible for the spicy sensation within a pepper.

1. Carolina Reaper

Scoville scale: 1,569,300 on average SHU (Wikipedia)

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The official Guinness World Record heat level was 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) in 2017, according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina. The figure is an average for the tested batch; the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2 million SHU.

2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Scoville scale: 1,200,000 average SHU (Wikipedia)

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It is one of the spiciest chilies in the world. In 2012, New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the hottest chili at that time, with the heat of 1.2 million Scoville heat units (SHUs).

3. 7 Pot Douglah

Scoville scale: 923,889 - 1,853,986 SHU (PepperScale)

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Without a doubt it is one of the hottest peppers in the world, though its looks and flavor provide a unique twist to the top end of the pepper scale. It ages to a chocolatey brown hue instead of the typical shock red, with a flavor that’s not only fruity sweet but also a little nutty. It’s a unique pepper in color and taste.

4. 7 Pot Primo

Scoville scale: 1,473,480 SHU (Chillipeppermadness)

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This is considered a super hot chili pepper as it is extremely hot, even among other super hots. Once you get past the intense blooming heat of this pepper, you’ll notice it offers a quite fruity taste, with a floral scent. The 7 Pot Primo has a scorpion-like tail.

5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”

Scoville scale: 1,463,700 SHU (Wikipedia)

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The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper was, for three years, ranked the most pungent ("hot") pepper in the world according to Guinness World Records. According to a cultivator of the pepper, is fertilizing the soil with the liquid runoff of a worm farm.

6. Naga Viper

Scoville scale: 1,382,118 SHU (Wikipedia)

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The Naga Viper pepper is a dash of hot chili pepper. In 2011, it was recorded as the "World's Hottest Chili" by the Guinness World Records but was surpassed in SHU by the current world record holder the Carolina Reaper in 2017. The Naga Viper was created in England by chili farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company in Cark, Cumbria.

7. Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia)

Scoville scale: 1,041,427 SHU (Wikipedia)

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The ghost pepper, also known as bhut jolokia (which literally means Bhutanese chili in Assamese), is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in Northeast India? It is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens and is closely related to the Naga Morich.

8. 7 Pot Barrackpore

Scoville scale: 1,000,000 SHU (PapperScale)

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The 7 Pot Barrackpore is one of the hottest of the 7 Pot peppers. This one is from the Town of Chaguanas in Trinidad and Tobago. The 7 pots were named after their ability to heat up 7 pots of stew and the Barrackpore is no exception. This is a great pepper to grow for hot sauces and powders because of its high yield, great flavor, and unrelenting heat.

9. 7 Pot Red (Giant)

Scoville scale: 1,000,000 - 1,200,000 SHU (PapperScale)

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7 pod, also known as 7 pot, is one of the world's hottest peppers and a landrace variety of Trinidad. The name was given because one pepper is claimed to be hot enough to flavor seven pots of stew. The most prominent features of many strains of the 7 Pot peppers are the pimpled exterior and blistering heat. Seeds can take up to 6-8 weeks for proper germination.

10. Red Savina Habanero

Scoville scale: 350,000 - 577,000 SHU (Wikipedia)

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The Red Savina pepper is a cultivar of the habanero chili, which has been selectively bred to produce spicier, heavier, and larger fruit, ultimately more potent than its derivative. The Red Savina chili once held the record as the hottest chili in the world (according to the Guinness World Records), The Red Savina held the record from 1994-2006.


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