Are you a spicy lover and would you put chili peppers even in your coffee-milk in the morning? Are you really sure you know what the top 5 hottest chili peppers in the world are?
We have ranked the world's 5 hottest chili peppers based on the Scoville scale (SHU), which measures the amount of capsaicin they contain.
These are really very very hot chili peppers, let's debrief the best known and most widely used chili peppers in the kitchen. These chilies are up to
100 times hotter than the classic Calabrian chili we use in cooking and up to 10 times hotter than some species of Habanero, which many enthusiasts mistakenly consider the hottest chili pepper in the world.
Here are the top five hottest chili peppers in the world:
5) Bhut Jolokia
On the lowest rung of the list of the world's 5 hottest chili peppers is the Bhut Jolokia.
Probably a hybrid between a Capsicum Chinense and Capsicum Frutescens. In 2007 it was named the hottest chili pepper in the world. It held the title until 2012 when it was replaced by the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. 401.5 times hotter than classic Tabasco. The name, of Middle Eastern origin, means Poisonous Snake.
The chili pepper is bright red in color, ranging from 5 to 9 cm in length and about 2.5 to 3 cm in diameter. The fruits are elongated, wrinkled and have a pointed apex. They are extremely spicy with long-lasting persistence.
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4) Naga Viper
This chili variety was created in England by crossing Naga Jolokia with two other chili varieties, Naga Morich and Trinidad Scorpion. The Naga Viper chili entered the Guinness Book of Records as the hottest chili pepper in the world on February 25, 2011 with a Scoville value of 1,382,118.
The fruits are bright red, slightly wrinkled and conical in shape, reaching a length of about 5 cm. Naga means snake, a name given to it by its creator Gerald Fowler, precisely because the chili tastes as pungent as a viper.
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3) Trinidad Scorpion Butch Taylor
Chili of Australian origin, its origin is still uncertain it is presumed to be a cross between a Trinidad Scorpion and a Bhut Jolokia.
In March 2011, the Trinidad Scorpion butch Taylor was listed in the Guinness World Record as the world's hottest chili pepper with a hotness measured at 1,463,700 Scoville units.
Trinidad Scorpion Butch taylor pepper fruits are about 4-5 centimeters long and have the special feature that at the lowest end of the fruit they have a tail resembling that of a scorpion.
The fruits have a very spicy tropical fruit flavor and aroma and have a truly extreme spiciness.
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2) Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
Native to the Moruga region located in the southern island of Trinidad and Tobago. The spicy hot pepper Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranked in the top ranks on the Scoville scale with a spiciness measured at nearly 2,000,000 units.
The chilies are red in color, about the size of a golf ball, with a rough surface and a small tail at the end. They reach a length of 3 to 6 cm. A single chili pepper of this species is enough to make a family's dishes very hot for a week. When used in small doses it has a truly exceptional flavor.
This chili has never won the official Guinness World Record as the hottest chili in the world however it has been much talked about as from laboratory tests it reached higher amounts of capsaicin than the Trinidad Scorpion Butch Taylor.
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1) Carolina Reaper
Topping the list of the world's 5 hottest chili peppers is the Carolina Reaper, currently a Guinness world record holder. The Carolina Reaper is a hybrid chili pepper of the Capsicum Chinense variety, originally known as HP22B.
The first specimen was grown by grower Ed Currie, owner of the PuckerButt Pepper Company located in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The vegetable caught the attention of the media when, in 2011, a National Public Radio reporter, after eating a piece, was shocked by its pungency and so decided to report on his experience by dedicating a story to it.
In 2013 this chili entered the Guinness Book of Records as the hottest chili pepper in the world, reaching an average spiciness of 1,769,300 Scoville units, with peaks of 2,200,000. The previous record belonged to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, set in 2011. Ed Currie invested 12,000$ to obtain this Capsicum Chinense variety by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a type of Habanero Red from St. Vincent Island in the Caribbean.
With its pungency it reaches over 2 Million Scoville Units. The fruit is red in color with an end resembling the tail of a scorpion. It reaches a length ranging from 3 to 5 cm.The taste of this chili pepper is fruity, sweet, with hints of cinnamon and chocolate.
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