The previous world champion, Moruga Scorpion has been dethroned!! The new Guiness World Records World’s Hottest Pepper is the Carolina Reaper. On November 20, 2013 the Carolina Reaper was given the title as the Hottest Pepper in the World. Are you a Pepper Head? Try to eat one of these World’s Hottest Peppers if you dare!
SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)
1. Carolina Reaper 2,200,000 SHU
The Carolina Reaper is officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper as ranked by Guinness Records. There is nothing normal about this pepper. It was bred for heat and that it is with an average SHU of over 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU! Just looking at it, you know its one mean pepper. It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Pakastani Naga and a Red Habanero. Oddly enough this pepper doesn’t just have heat, but excellent flavor as well. Normally superhots have chemical undertones as if you can actually taste the capsaicin. The Carolina Reaper has a sweet and fruity flavor, that is right before the heat kicks in.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU
Straight from the depths of hell, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend, AKA Moruga Scorpion, is a rare sought after pepper that was only just recently discovered. Native to the lands of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. Once you take a bite of this formidable pepper the heat never stops building. Moruga Scorpion will wreak your stomach, burn your intestines and still be smoking on the way out.
3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU
Well renown in the pepper community as one of the hottest peppers with the best flavor. You can’t go wrong with fresh, dried, or powdered Douglah on any food. Also known as 7 Pod Douglah, Chocolate 7 Pod or the 7 Pot Brown. The Douglah is characterized by a dark brown/deep purple skin with many “pimples” over the surface. The pepper starts out green and matures to the dark color unique to the Douglah.
4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU
This is a very rare pepper and true primo seeds are hard to come by. The 7 Pot Primo is very distinctive with its long skinny “tail”. Created by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux, and some recent peppers cultivators have tried to replicate this look because the tail is just terrifying. When you just look at this pepper, you know it’s going to be INSANELY hot.
5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU
Previous Guiness World Record (2011) holder from Australia. No doubt Butch T is insanely hot, but other peppers have been proven to be hotter. It’s aptly named due to the scorpion stinger found at the tip of the pepper and also the creator, Butch Taylor.
6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU
Extremely rare pepper cultivated in the UK. Combination of many different peppers and years of cross pollination created this variety of “Super HOT” pepper. It was never fully stabilized before being released so pod variation is expected. The Naga Viper held the record for the world’s hottest pepper for a very short time and has since been beat by 5 other peppers and is currently the 6th hottest pepper. It is an unstable 3-way hybrid between a Naga Morich, Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) and a Trinidad Scorpion created in the UK. Its short reign has made this one of the more rare and hard to find seeds.
7. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,427 SHU
This is the super hot pepper that started it all. The most famous “Super Hot” due to the amount of press it has received in the past. It exploded in popularity on YouTube and other social sites where pepper heads ate whole Ghost Peppers as a challenge.
This is the first pepper to scientifically test over 1 million scovilles. Many mistakenly still believe it is the World’s Hottest. As you can see, it is far from it. Don’t be fooled by how low this is on the list as it can still bring a grown man to his knees.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore ~1,000,000 SHU
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. Many of these “super hots” come from this region. 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 for hot sauces and powders because of its high yield, great flavor and unrelenting heat.
9. 7 Pot Red (Giant) ~1,000,000 SHU
The 7 pots were named after their ability to heat up 7 pots of stew and that it does! (other varieties include Jonah and Yellow). The heat of the 7-Pot pepper is similar to the Bhut Jolokia but with a more fruity and nutty flavor, like other Caribbean peppers.
It is becoming more popular and well-known among chile-heads, but the seeds are very rare and hard to find.
10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU
Back in the early years of super hots, the Red Savina Habanero was KING! It did hold the Guinness Book of World Records title until the Bhut Jolokia came around and easily doubled its heat. He has since been dethroned and many peppers have passed him in heat. The Red Savina just barely makes the Top 10, but does so in fashion with its great flavor and extreme heat.