Whether you’re one who claims to have an “iron stomach” or someone who can’t resist a good dare, you may have indulged in some hot peppers before.
No matter how much of a daredevil you are, these peppers are a delicacy to be wary of. While some set your mouth aflame, or provoke tears, some can even send you straight to the hospital.
So without further ado here is the list of the hottest, baddest peppers in town. Enjoy if you dare.
***SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (measure of spiciness)
10. Red Savina Habanero
Photo: Super Hot Chilies
Back in the day, this pepper was noted for its extreme spiciness. It was considered one of the hottest with a SHU of 500,000. Those days are long gone, however, and there are a number of peppers that have surpassed it.
I’d still be careful if I were you, though…
9. 7 Pot Red
Photo: Chilli Seedz
Just one step above the Red Savina Habanero is a pepper that is already DOUBLE it’s SHU. With a measurement of 1,000,000, this pepper received its name due to its ability to heat up 7 whole pots of stew.
Now that’s hot.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore
Photo: Eat More Heat
Stemming from the same family of the 7 Pot Red, this pepper is just a bit hotter. Hailing from Trinidad, this pepper is regaled in the region as one of the “super hots.”
7. Bhut Jolokia
Photo: The Gilmour Family Website
Lovingly known as the “Ghost Pepper,” the Bhut Jolokia is arguably the most famous hot pepper. Though still insanely hot, it is a far cry from the world’s hottest pepper. It seemed to have received so much mainstream attention due to a viral Youtube challenge where brave souls filmed themselves eating the pepper (and, of course, regretting it).
6. Naga Viper
Photo: The Storypedia
With a SHU of 1,349,000, this is one hot pepper. Cultivated in the United Kingdom, the Naga Viper is extremely rare. It was never fully stabilized so there are a wide variety of strains.
But all are extremely spicy.
5. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
Photo: Volcanic Peppers
Back in 2011, this crazy hot pepper used to hold the Guinness World Record. It has since been surpassed, but don’t underestimate it.
4. 7 Pot Primo
Photo: NRJ Spice
Boasting a SHU of 1,469,000, this still isn’t even the hottest 7 Pot strain. Many pepper cultivators have tried to replicate this pepper’s shape with its very distinctive long, skinny stem.
3. 7 Pot Douglah
Photo: The Hot Pepper
THIS is the hottest 7 Pot pepper. It has an unbelievable SHU of 1,853,936 and is known as having one of the best flavors. It’s often purchased dried or in a powder.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
Photo: Paradoxoff Planet
The runner up for hottest pepper in the world is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. With a SHU of 2,009,231 this pepper could easily cause anyone to fall to their knees. Extremely rare, when one takes a bite the heat never seems to dissipate.
1. Carolina Reaper
Photo: Seeds For Africa
And the pepper claiming the esteemed title of hottest in the world goes to none other than the Carolina Reaper. Ranked by the Guinness World Record, this pepper has an astonishing SHU of 2,200,000! This pepper was designed to be scorching as it is a cross between a Pakistani Naga and a Red Habanero.
I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you try any of these, at least get it on video.