Top 10 Hottest Peppers in the World

Want to add a little hot kick into your meal? Sprinkle a pinch of hot pepper in your meal for an exhilarating experience. With different sizes, shapes and heat rankings, these hot peppers can ignite your passion for spicy food. One must know the level of hotness a hot pepper maintains, as eating any other type can result in serious gastronomic concerns and inedibility. In scientific terms, a hot chili pepper is a fruit produced by the plants from the genus Capsicum. Currently dethroning Moruga Scorpion, Carolina Reaper is known to be the World’s hottest pepper and has constructed a new Guinness World Record for the Hottest Pepper on Earth.

Let’s go through the list of Top 10 hottest peppers in the world 2015, with a short description entitled with a specific measurement for spiciness, known as SHU or Scoville Heat Unit.

Top 10 Hottest Peppers in the World


1. Carolina Reaper- 2,200,000 SHU

Carolina Reaper

The Carolina Reaper ranks first amongst the list of Top 10 hottest peppers in the world, and is officially crowned as the World’s Hottest Pepper in the book of Guinness Records. Far from normality, this natural spicy fruit is a cross between a Pakistani Naga and a Red Habanero, and is bred for insane heat and spiciness. The average SHU is over 1.5 million and summits at 2.2 Million. Apart from unrealistic heat, it contains excellent flavor and is used in minimal quantities while cooking.


2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion – 2,009,231 SHU

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Placed at number 2, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend, AKA Moruga Scorpion is said to be brought straight from fiery hell, this hot pepper was recently discovered within its native environment of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago and has a rare availability. One bite of this pepper can burn your throat and intestines and can wreck your way out, leaving you in tears. Attaining a 2,009,231 Scovilles, Moruga Scorpion is considered as one of the Top ten hottest peppers inbred naturally.


3. 7 Pot Douglah- 1,853,936 SHU

7 Pot Douglah

Famously known as 7 Pod Douglah, Chocolate 7 Pod or the 7 Pot Brown, 7 Pot Douglah is identified as one of the leading 7 pod strains touching the highest levels of spiciness, and has attained the third spot as the hottest pepper in the world. This pepper is majorly famous for the flavor it withheld. A pinch of fresh, dried, or powdered Douglah can create a stirring dish anytime you wish. The plant contains a dark brown/deep purple skin with a scruffy surface.


4. 7 Pot Primo- 1,469,000 SHU

7 Pot Primo

The seeds of 7 Pot Primo is very hard to maintain and find, and was generated by famous horticulturist Troy Primeaux originally. With an exceptionally long skinny “tail”, it covers up every ounce of oil required to make the best spicy food.


5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”- 1,463,700 SHU

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”- 1,463,700 SHU

Famously known as the preceding Guinness World Record (2011) holder, this hot pepper hails from the dawns of Australia, and comes fifth in the list of Top 10 hottest peppers in the world. The pepper is christened after the creator, Butch Taylor, and has gained the name from the presence of the scorpion stinger at the tip.


6. Naga Viper- 1,349,000 SHU

Naga Viper

Said to be a rare sight, it emerges from the lands of UK, and with the distinctive breeding of different peppers and years of cross-fertilization, this pepper was born. It is said to be extremely hot, and can turn you into tears within a second. The pepper is understood to be an uneven 3-way hybrid amid a Naga Morich, Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) and a Trinidad Scorpion. Its seeds are very rare to gain.


8. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)-  1,041,427 SHU

Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)

Partially due to its name, it has garnered a lot of attention in the past on YouTube and other social sites with pepper enthusiast eating the whole Bhut Jolokia as a food challenge. This pepper has attained over 1 million scovilles, and is still considered to be the hottest temptation, still in the race; it can bring any man down to his knees.


8. 7 Pot Barrackpore- 1,000,000 SHU

7 Pot Barrackpore

The 7 Pot Barrackpore is known to be one amongst the 7 Pot peppers, and hails from the Town of Chaguanas in Trinidad and Tobago. It is utterly famous in its native region, with small quantities being added into the dishes for a flavor and spiciness. The name was derived after it was capable of heating up 7 pots of stew. It is considered as one of the flavor-some peppers used as an ingredient for hot sauces and powders.


9. 7 Pot Red (Giant)- 1,000,000 SHU

7 Pot Red (Giant)

With an overwhelming 1,000,000 Scovilles, 7 pots were named after their quality to heat up 7 pots of stew all-together in a row. It has a dainty smell, and is often used as a regular kitchen ingredient under some exceptional cuisines.


10. Red Savina Habanero- 500,000 SHU

Red Savina Habanero

Back in the early years, the Red Savina Habanero was crowned as the KING of hot peppers, and now stands last in the list of Top 10 hottest peppers. With a great taste, pounding spicy tanginess and heat, it stands last, but provides an enchanting taste to the dishes with just a simple sprinkle.

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