10 Hottest Peppers in the World

Hottest Pepper in the world

Some people love to challenge their limits. They’ll boldly go beyond where most of us will usually stop. However, there are some challenges out there that even the most resilient challenge taker will break down upon. Testing your mettle during food challenges can be physically and mentally exhausting. And this couldn’t be a more true when it comes to spicy food. Trying to resist the burning sensation of the world’s hottest peppers is usually futile. But, if you are up for a good challenge, then we have the 10 hottest peppers in the world for you to try.

Before we begin, there are many other super hot chilies out there, however, we have collected top 10 super hot chilies as measured by their Scoville measurement.

(Note: Scoville scale is the measurement of the potency of the chili pepper or spicy foods.)

10. Pot Infinity

This blazing hot pepper was first created in England by chili breeder Nick Woods of Fire Foods, located in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He shares that its creation was a fortunate accident rather than a planned effort. The pot infinity held the record of the hottest chili pepper for two weeks in 2011, when its title was seized by the naga viper chili.

The Pot Infinity chili pepper takes tenth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1176182
Pepper Category: Super Hots

9. Naga Morich

The Naga Morich is native to the North East India and the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. This pepper is also known as the snake or serpent chili. It is an extremely hot pepper with unique flavor. There lies some similarity with the Ghost pepper and Dorset Naga in its taste and texture. In Bangladesh, people traditionally impart the Naga Morich’s heat to their culinary dishes by cutting it open and rubbing the peppers on the prepared dishe.

The flavor includes sweet and slightly tart notes followed by a woody or smoky flavor. The Naga Morich takes ninth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1000000 – 1500000
Pepper Category: Super Hots

8. Chocolate 7 Pod / 7 Pot Brown

Also known as 7 Pot Brown, is a relatively new variation of original Trinidad 7 pot superhots. There is still some confusion on whether this variety is same as that of the Douglah or not.

The flavor is unique from the yellow and red 7 pot varieties but is still extremely hot. The Chocolate 7 Pod takes eighth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 800000 – 1853396
Pepper Category: Super Hots

7. Trinidad douglah

The Trinidad douglah is one of the rarest and hottest chili peppers in the world. The pepper is characterized by its dark brown or deep purple color with many dimples on its skin. It is said that a single pod can spice up to seven pots of stew. There are many varieties in shape, texture and color due to genetic instability in Trinidad hots.

The flavor includes an extremely strong smoky aroma accompanied by exceptionally sharp heat. The Trinidad douglah takes seventh place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 923000 – 1853396
Pepper Category: Super Hots

6. 7 Pot Brain Strain

The pot brain strain is not a hybrid pepper like the aforementioned peppers above. This pepper was created through selective breeding techniques from other plants in order to produce its desired traits. David Cappiello in 2010 obtained seeds from another grower in Trinidad and selected the pods with lumpy grainy texture as that of human brain and aptly named it brain strain. Many growers have claimed that it is the hottest of the red 7 pot chili plants. There is also a yellow variety of its kind.

The 7 Pot Brain Strain takes sixth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1000000 – 1350000
Pepper Category: Super Hots

5. Naga Viper

The pepper was first created by the pepper farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company in England. It was recorded as the world’s hottest chili pepper in 2011 according to Guinness World Records. The chili is a three way unstable hybrid made by crossing Naga Morich, the Bhut Jolokia and the Trinidad Scorpion which are some of the well known hot peppers in the world. This unstable nature deviates the characteristics of each offspring from its parent.

Naga Viper takes fifth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1,382,118
Pepper Category: Super Hots

4. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” Pepper

The Trinidad Scorpion is one of the varieties of the species Chinense Capsicum. The name was first given to this extremely spicy plant by Neil Smith from the Hippy Seed Company and was first propagated by Butch Taylor, the owner of Zydeco Farms in Woodville.

It was entitled with the world’s hottest pepper for three years, but lost its title in 2012. The name is derived from its distinctive pointed end which is said to resemble scorpion’s stinger.

The Trinidad Scorpion AKA “Butch T” Pepper ,takes fourth place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1463700
Pepper Category: Super Hots

3. 7 Pot Primo

This pepper was first created by Troy Primeaux, a horticulturist from Louisiana. It is one of many varieties of Capsicum Chinense and is also known as the “yellow lantern chili”. It is well known for the chili’s exceptional heat. Mr. Primeaux began crossing between Naga Morich and Trinidad 7 Pot seeds around 2005. As of 2012, it is at its seventh generation.

Similar to other 7 pots varieties, the chili’s flavor is fruity along with extreme heat effect. The 7 Pot Primo takes third place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Typical Heat Rating in Scovilles: 1473480
Pepper Category: Super Hots

2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was first identified as the world’s hottest chili pepper by New Mexico State University as of February 2012. This record now goes to the Carolina Reaper. It is a native pepper to the district of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago.

Besides its high heat flavor, it has slight fruit-like flavor as well making it a sweet and deadly hot chili pepper. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion takes second place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Scovilles scale: 1200000 – 2000000
Pepper category: Super Hot

1. Carolina Reaper

The Carolina Reaper is the world’s hottest chili pepper. It is in fact a hybrid pepper and the cross was made between the combination of the ghost pepper and the Red Savina Habanero. The pepper was first bred by the cultivator Ed Currie, who runs PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Initially it taste is quite sweet and fruity, but just wait a few seconds and its Devilish effect starts to creep in. Eating it raw is almost a death sentence! The Carolina Reaper takes first place in our list of the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.

Scoville scale: 1569383 – 2200000
Pepper category: Super Hot

Have you tried any of these peppers? If so, you likely have a great (or terrible) story to tell. If you are looking for other interesting food related stories, we suggest trying this article: 12 Fruits You Probably Don’t Know Exist.

Sources: http://www.cayennediane.com & http://en.wikipedia.org

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