A hot pepper’s pungency is measured in Scoville Heat Units, so the hottest varieties are considered the world’s spiciest. The Red Savina Habanero, developed in California, is the top scorer, with a Scoville Heat Unit rating of over 500,000! It is an industry favorite, with red hot sauces claiming to be the hottest, and it held the top spot for twelve years!
7 Pot Douglah
The Seven Pot Douglah is one of the spiciest peppers in the world. Its brown color and bumpy surface make it a standout on the hot pepper scale. It grows about two inches long and is one of the hottest peppers on the market. This pepper is a cross between the Trinidad 7 Pot and the Naga Morich and is one of the hottest peppers in the world. The heat can be intense, but it can be milder than some people are used to.
The 7 Pot Douglah pepper comes from Trinidad and is about 2 inches long. Its skin is dark chocolate brown and slightly pimpled. When it first matures, the pepper is green, but quickly turns a rich brown color. The pepper’s hottest point is 1,853,936 Scoville Heat Units. When freshly cracked, this pepper can burn up to seven times its size.
Trinidad Morugu Champion
The Trinidad Morugu Scorpion has been named the new world’s hottest pepper, according to the New Mexico State University, an international scientific organization devoted to chile peppers. It measures 2,009,231 Scoville Heat Units. Its yellow fruit is its trademark, and it’s also one of the hottest peppers in existence. It’s hotter than a Trinidad Morugu Champion, which has been ranked at 1.9 million SHU.
The scorpion pepper’s tender fruit-like taste makes it a favorite among pepper connoisseurs and is easy to grow from seed in most climates. Its growing season lasts from late spring through the first hard frost in fall, when it’s terminated by freezing weather. Because Trinidad Moruga is a perennial plant, it slows down and is best for tropical climates. In colder weather, it can grow as tall as two feet in height.
The Carolina Reaper is known for its scorching heat. The Carolina Reaper pepper has been rated one of the hottest peppers in the world for two years running. The pepper was originally bred by a man named Smokin’ Ed Currie. He is known for breeding peppers and making hot sauces, and is obsessed with creating hotter varieties of the peppers he grows. The Carolina Reaper was bred from the Primo pepper, a Trinidad Capsicum chinense. Smokin’ Ed Currie is believed to have received early seeds from stabilized Primo pepper plants, and later renamed it the Carolina Reaper.
Although the Carolina Reaper is the most commonly rated hot pepper in the world, other varieties of peppers have been ranked even hotter. The Carolina Reaper has scorching heat that can reach 1,400,000 Scoville heat units. This makes it far hotter than jalapeno peppers, which typically score between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. It is also one of the most popular peppers for making hot sauce and dried powder.
Red Savina Habanero
The Red Savina Habanero is the spiciest pepper on the market, with a Scoville heat rating of over 500,000. It is a commercial favorite of hot sauce makers and held the top spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for 12 years. It is believed that the Red Savina Habanero has more than 570,000 Scoville heat units, and is about three hundred times hotter than Tabasco sauce. It is so hot, in fact, that it can make you numb for days. This pepper is extremely hot and should be handled carefully, with soap and gloves.
Although it is technically a type of Habanero, the Red Savina is grown exclusively in the Caribbean. It is more productive than its green counterpart and matures in a wide range of colors, including red, orange, yellow, and white. Although it has a hot flavor, the chocolate Habanero is more likely to be used in jerk sauce than salsa.
The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” is among the hottest peppers on the market. With a Scoville heat index (SHU) of 1,463,700, this Australian pepper is one of the hottest on the planet. Its sting is visible, making it perfect for hot sauces, chili jams, and Caribbean dishes. It can grow up to 36 inches in length and is easily grown in containers or garden beds.
The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” pepper is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. Neil Smith of The Hippy Seed Company was the first to name this pepper. He obtained the seeds from Butch Taylor of Zydeco Farms in Woodville/Crosby, Mississippi. The pepper is named after Butch Taylor, the founder of the Zydeco Hot Sauce company. Its fruity and sweet flavor sets it apart from other peppers, and it starts working on your taste buds right away.