There are a variety of peppers available in the world. But some are definitely too spicy to consume. But there are spice lovers who love to try new varieties in peppers howsoever hot they are. For these people, there are companies who try to bring the hottest peppers in the world into the market.
One pepper cannot be called the hottest forever. This is because researches go on all around the world to find out more varieties in peppers. Also, with the development of technology, we can today create foods and spices with special characteristics. So scientists have been coming up with peppers with varying degrees of hotness.
Basis of measuring hotness
Before coming to the list of the hottest peppers in the world, let us see what is the basis of comparing the hotness of the spices. In the case of peppers, the measure of spiciness is SHU or Scoville Heat Unit. SHU quantifies how spicy a particular pepper is. It does so after measuring the level of chemicals called capsaicinoids. Their concentration is calculated. It is the capsaicin that is responsible for the spiciness of peppers.
Hottest peppers in the world
Following are the hottest peppers in the world:
It has 2,200,000 SHU. It is the hottest pepper in the world at present. Carolina Reaper itself carried a lower level of SHU at a time. After being bred, it has reached this level, thus breaking its own old record. It’s a cross between a Ghost pepper and Red habanero. The pepper has a stinger tail which is unique in itself.
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
With 2,009,231 SHU, the pepper is a discovered one. It was found in the area of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. The pepper might not be the hottest pepper in the world, but second place is no less.
7 Pot Douglah
The pepper is not only hot and spicy but delicious at the same time. It is considered as one among the best peppers for its heat as well as flavor. Another point to be noted about this pepper is that it is the hottest non-red pepper in the world at present. It has 1,853,936 SHU and has various names like 7 Pod Douglah and Chocolate 7 Pod.
7 Pot Primo
Next in the list is one with 1,469,000 SHU. This one’s not a naturally discovered one but has been created through horticulture. It’s got a long skinny tail. The person behind its creation is Troy Primeaux, a horticulturist.
Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”
It has 1,463,700 SHU. The pepper is from the continent of Australia. It has earlier found its name in the Guinness World Record Book also. Its name comes from its scorpion stinger at the tip and from the creator Butch Taylor. No doubt it is highly spicy, though not the hottest pepper in the world.
There are more peppers being discovered or created from time to time. The search is on. Be careful before trying them!