Since the 1990s, hot chilli pepper has been grown in the US, UK, and Australia. It’s become a bit of a competition to try and produce the chilli peppers with the most heat in the world. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) OR the Scoville scale is a way to measure heat. The scale is named after Wilbur Scoville, an American pharmacist.
This blog will look at the chillies with the most heat. Here are the world’s top 10 spiciest chilli peppers.
1. Carolina Reaper: 2,200,000 SHU
The Carolina Reaper was first named the world’s hottest pepper in 2013. When it was tested again in 2018, it had an even higher SHU. This makes the Reaper the world’s hottest again since it is now 71,000 SHU hotter.
It was made to be hot, and it is, with an average SHU of 1,641,000 and a peak of 2,200,000. It also has a stinger tail unlike any other pepper, and every pod is different.
Its crazy heat comes from the fact that a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero Pepper were used to make it. Strangely, this pepper doesn’t just have heat; it also has a great fruity taste. Well, that’s before your face melts off.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU
The Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend, also known as Moruga Scorpion, is a rare and highly sought-after pepper that was only recently found. It tastes as if it came straight from the depths of hell.
It originates from the Moruga lands in Trinidad and Tobago. Once you bite into this harsh pepper, the heat keeps getting stronger and stronger.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this pepper doesn’t have the Reaper’s stinger. The Moruga Scorpion is just as hot as the Carolina Reaper.
3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU
7 Pot Douglah is known as one of the hottest peppers with the best flavour in the pepper community. It is the hottest non-red pepper. Most “superhot” peppers are red, but the Douglah goes against the grain by being brown and still being very hot.
You can’t go wrong with it, fresh, dried or ground into a powder.
4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU
The long, thin “tail” of the 7 Pot Primo makes it stand out. A gardener named Troy Primeaux came up with this pepper.
Some people who grow peppers have tried to make their peppers look like Primos by giving them long stingers. By looking at this pepper, you can tell it will be CRAZY HOT. It looks a lot like The Carolina Reaper, which is a strange coincidence.
5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU
The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T from Australia used to hold the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. It’s crazy hot, but other peppers are even hotter. It got its name from the stinger at the end of the pepper and from the man who made it, Butch Taylor.
6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU
The Warwick HRI Mineral Analysis Laboratory in the UK tested the Naga Viper in November 2010 and found 1,349,000 SHU Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The Naga Viper chilli pepper is a cross between the Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morich, and Trinidad Scorpion chilli peppers.
7. Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) 1,041,427 SHU
The ghost pepper, also called bhut jolokia, was the hottest pepper in the world before the Carolina Reaper. It was even hotter than the Red Savina Habanero. It was named the “World’s Hottest Spice” by Guinness World Records in 2006, but it was later beaten by other spices several times.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore 1,000,000 SHU
From the area of Barrackpore on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. The Trinidad 7 Pot Barrackpore makes more long and wrinkled pods than most other 7 pot varieties. If you can get past the heat, the taste will be fruity.
9. The Chocolate 7 Pot Chili Pepper 923,000 SHU
The 7 Pot chilli comes from Trinidad, an island just northeast of Venezuela. The Chocolate 7 Pot is shaped like the Habanero and has “pimpling” like the Naga Morich and other scorching peppers. It tastes fruity, sweet, and nutty if you can get past the intense and sweat-making heat.
10. The Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU
This pepper is a type of Habanero that has been grown. It used to be the hottest chilli pepper in the world, but now that title belongs to Carolina Reaper. The Red Savina is a fruit that is bright red and strong. Each pepper plant can have up to 50 of these fruits.
Are you brave enough to try the hottest chillies in the world? If so, make sure you are ready for the heat. Use the guide above to decide which peppers to try, and follow the safety tips. So, when you try the hottest chilli peppers in the world, it will be fun and give you a rush of adrenaline.
What will be your next challenge after you eat those fiery hot peppers?
What is the world’s hottest chilli in 2022?
The Carolina Reaper, which is very spicy, still holds the Guinness World Record for being the hottest chilli in 2022.
Is a Carolina Reaper safe to eat?
The Carolina Reaper pepper is one of the hottest chilli peppers you can eat. The principal risks of eating these peppers are local symptoms like mouth burning, numb mouth, and vomiting. However, recent case reports have shown that this spicy food can cause more severe problems. So make sure to check out more details first before trying this one out.
Can you get hurt by ghost peppers?
It burns, but it’s not hurting anything. Still, it can hurt if you already have a pre-existing health problem or eat a lot of pepper at once. Ghost peppers can, in all honesty, cause seizures, heart attacks, and even death.
Was the Carolina Reaper SHU beaten already?
Pepper X is another pepper claiming to be TWICE as hot as the Carolina Reaper has surfaced, but this might have more merit. As the creator has kept it under wraps, minimal information is known about Pepper X.