Peppers are widely used by people to add some extra zing to their dishes. Great chefs add pepper to get an added flavor and to spice things up. Without pepper, dishes can often feel bland or cold, even at the proper temperature. However, there are some peppers which do go a little over-the-top with their spices and really like to shine brighter than the rest. These peppers are so hot that consumed whole, some of them have the capacity to burn your throats, not kidding! In fact, there are festivals held to celebrate hottest pepper in the world and competitions are held for the brave few to come forward and eat these peppers whole without crying. That seems like an awful lot of dedication to quench your bravado.
Anyway, so if any of you would like to have at it, if any of you out there wants a real dare, something risky, then all you have to do is check the below list of world’s hottest pepper and take a bit off them.
Table of Contents
- Top 10 Hottest Pepper In The World (SHU) – 2017
- #10. Red Savina Habanero — 500,000 SHU
- #9. Bhut Jolokia — 1,041,427 SHU
- #8. Bedfordshire Super Naga — 1,120,000 SHU
- #7. 7 Pot Jonah — 1,200,000 SHU
- #6. Naga Viper — 1,349,000 SHU
- #5. Komodo Dragon — 1,400,000 SHU
- #4. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” — 1,463,700 SHU
- #3. 7 Pot Douglas — 1,853,936 SHU
- #2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion — 2,000,000 SHU
- #1. The Carolina Reaper — 2,200,000 SHU
Top 10 Hottest Pepper In The World (SHU) – 2017
The hottest pepper in the world here has been arrived at on the basis of their SHU ratings. SHU here stands for Scoville Heat Units, and it is the measure used to judge the hotness of a spice.
#10. Red Savina Habanero — 500,000 SHU
At one point these used to be considered the hottest peppers in the world. But recent discoveries have unearthed spices much more deserving of the title.
However, regardless of that, these continue to be extremely hot peppers with a high capsaicin level which can make your mouth feel numb or send a deep burning sensation through your throat unless you’re careful.
#9. Bhut Jolokia — 1,041,427 SHU
Translated to Ghost Pepper, these quickly shot up in popularity as a result of YouTube dare challenges wherein people attempted to consume the whole of it at a go.
Despite the fact that its Scoville numerals exceed a million, these can still bring anyone crashing down. Some of its other names include the U-Morok, Red Naga, Naga Jolokia and Bih Jolokia.
#8. Bedfordshire Super Naga — 1,120,000 SHU
These were grown by Salvatore Genovese, one of the most outlandish spice producers in the UK, with a large farm in Blunham, Bedfordshire where he grows experimental spices in the hundreds of thousands.
The Super Naga was introduced in 2012 and was sold exclusively by Tesco, but he has since shifted his focus on the far more potent Komodo Dragon.
#7. 7 Pot Jonah — 1,200,000 SHU
These are breaded in England, are a large plant with a slightly fruity flavor bearing round Trinidad 7 Pot strain pods. However, don’t be fooled by the fruity flavor, they are still one of the hottest peppers out there.
These turn from green to red as they mature and can grow to the size of a golf ball, with a similar texture as well, pimply and textured.
#6. Naga Viper — 1,349,000 SHU
This was breaded in England by Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company from Cumbria. A hybrid of three other insanely spicy peppers — Naga Morich, But Jolokia, and Trinidad Scorpion.
These even held the title of the hottest spice in the world back in 2011 according to the Guinness World Records. These are highly unstable and highly dangerous, so consume at your own risk.
#5. Komodo Dragon — 1,400,000 SHU
Another hybrid variety bred in the UK by Salvatore Genovese. It is a variation on other spices like Bhut Jolokia, and 7 Pot.
Its creator, Salvatore Genovese, own a seven-acre farm where he basically plays the part of Dr. Frankenstein trying to one-up himself and create the spiciest terror possible.
#4. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” — 1,463,700 SHU
Considered at one point to have been the hottest pepper in the world, it has since taken quite a decent but just because the Scorpion no longer holds the crown for the most deadly spice doesn’t mean its sting can’t still hurt like hell.
This Australian Pepper is aptly titled for the scorpion stinger it has at the top and the fact that its creator’s name is Butch Taylor.
#3. 7 Pot Douglas — 1,853,936 SHU
This comes by various other names such as 7 Pot Brown, or 7 Pot Chocolate, owing to the color. However, don’t be fooled by the name. Colour is pretty much the only thing it shares with a chocolate, being an insanely hot and spicy pepper.
In fact, the ‘7’ in the name comes from the belief that a single pod from this Pepper is enough to spice 7 whole pots of stew. It starts with a green color but by the time it fully matures it assumes the brown or deep purple shade with the pimply surface.
#2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion — 2,000,000 SHU
These have officially been claimed by the New Mexico State University’s Chili Pepper Institute as the spiciest and the hottest pepper in the world.
This is despite that fact that according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current record holder for the hottest spice in the world is…
#1. The Carolina Reaper — 2,200,000 SHU
These have been the crowning champion for the hottest pepper in the world since 2013. They’ve been bred in South Carolina by Ed Currie, and were originally called “HP22BNH7” but they decided to change the name because all those digits and letters may not have as much brand recognition as “The Carolina Reaper,” at once memorable and frightening with its association of death.
In fact, one of the reasons that it’s so hot is because it is a hybrid of former record holders the Bhut Jolokia and the Red Savina Habanero.
So this is legit the hottest pepper in the world, give and take. So let us know down in the comments section which is the hottest spice that you’ve ever tried? Do you feel you’re daring enough to try one of these spices, or if you’re an expert on peppers and you feel we did injustice to some other crazy hot pepper by not mentioning it in the hottest pepper in the world list, do let us know?