Hot Pepper Facts
Hot Pepper Facts

Top 10 Hottest Peppers in the World

By Nathan James, Associate Writer
Published April 30, 2018
  • Pepper X.[1]
  • Hottest Pepper X
    Ed Currie created the hybrid "Pepper X" in 2017. At over 3 million Scoville heat units, it is judged to be too dangerous for human consumption in its pure form

  • Carolina Reaper.[1][3]
  • Hottest Peppers Carolina
    The second-hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper clocks in at an astonishing 2.2 million Scoville heat units

  • Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.[2]
  • Hottest Peppers Trinidad
    The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion briefly held the world record in 2012, before being replaced by the Carolina Reaper. People who’ve dared to eat it say the heat doesn’t seem so bad at first, but mounts fast and keeps on climbing

  • Brain Strain.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Brain
    The name of number four on our list says it all. Yet another variant of the 7-pot pepper, the "Brain Strain" approaches the 2 million Scoville mark, making it one of the headiest capsaicin bombs known to humankind

  • Pot Primo.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Primo
    Weighing in at number five is the Pot Primo, a hybrid between the original 7-pot pepper and the Naga Morich. It can reach heat levels of 1.9 million Scoville heat units

  • 7-Pot Douglah Pepper.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Douglah
    The 7-pot Douglah, also called the “Chocolate 7-pot,” is a dark purplish brown. That’s where the resemblance to chocolate ends, however, as this little pepper boasts a whopping 1.8 million heat units

  • Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T."[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Butch
    The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” is named for Butch Taylor, its creator. It ends in a stinger that resembles a scorpion’s tail, and at nearly 1.5 million heat units, packs just as much of a punch

  • Naga Viper.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Naga
    At 1.35 million heat units, the Naga Viper is nearly as dangerous as its namesake

  • Barrackpore.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Barrackpore
    The Barrackapore variant of the 7-pot pepper has a sweet, tropical flavor, but also brings the heat, with 1.3 million Scoville heat units

  • Ghost Pepper.[3]
  • Hottest Peppers Ghost
    The Bhut Jolokia, more commonly known as the Ghost Pepper, was one of the first super-hot modern peppers. Though it's been surpassed by new hybrids, it still packs a punch at 1 million heat units


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