From Naga Viper To Carolina Reaper, World's 7 Hottest Chillies
Image Credit: The 7 Pot Barrackpore is a force among the world's hottest peppers. Image via Pepperheads for Life.

Biting into the world's hottest chillies is an experience that can leave even the most seasoned spice enthusiasts in tears and panting like a steam engine. These fiery peppers boast an intensity that can challenge the bravest of palates. From the lesser-known Apollo Pepper to the infamous Carolina Reaper, this article explores the scorching world of the most intense chillies on the planet. Prepare to be captivated by the vibrant colours, unique shapes, and powerful flavours of these extraordinary peppers.

The Scoville Heat Scale, developed by pharmacist Wilbur Scoville in 1912, is the standard measurement for the spiciness of chillies. It measures the concentration of capsaicin, the chemical compound responsible for the heat sensation in peppers. The higher the Scoville Heat Units (SHU), the hotter the chilli. Here are the 7 hottest peppers, reigning supreme: 

The 7-Pot Primo Pepper

Ranking as the 7th hottest pepper in the world, the 7 Pot Primo Pepper boasts a Scoville rating of approximately 1,268,250 SHUs. Developed by horticulturist Troy Primeaux in Louisiana, USA, this pepper has a distinctive, elongated shape with a stinger-like tail. Its fruity, citrusy flavour is accompanied by a powerful heat that will leave a teary impression on those who try it.

The Komodo Dragon Pepper

The Komodo Dragon Pepper, with a Scoville rating of around 1,400,000 SHUs, is the 6th hottest pepper in the world Originating from the United Kingdom, this hybrid chilli pepper is known for its fruity flavour that quickly gives way to an intense heat that builds over time. Its fiery nature is sure to challenge even the most daring spice enthusiasts.

The Naga Viper

The Naga Viper, a hybrid chilli created in the United Kingdom, briefly held the title of the World's Hottest Pepper in 2011. Its heat, measuring around 1,382,118 SHUs, is known to sneak up on unsuspecting taste buds. Initially, the Naga Viper may seem mild, but its full onslaught soon becomes apparent, leaving a lasting impression on those who dare to try it.

The Butch T Scorpion

The Butch T Scorpion, named after its original cultivator Butch Taylor, held the title of the World's Hottest Pepper in 2011. With a Scoville rating of 1,463,700 SHUs, this pepper is just slightly less spicy than the Naga Viper. Unlike other scorpion peppers, the Butch T Scorpion has a smoother skin, making it stand out among its spiky counterparts. Its intense heat is accompanied by a fruity flavour, making it a popular choice for those seeking a thrilling experience.

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, originating from the island of Trinidad, is another contender in the world of extreme heat. With a Scoville rating of around 1,200,000 to 2,000,000 SHUs, this chilli is not far behind the Carolina Reaper in terms of spiciness. Its fruity and slightly sweet flavour profile makes it a popular choice for hot sauces and spicy dishes. However, caution is advised when handling this potent pepper, as its heat can be overwhelming.

The Apollo Pepper

The Apollo Pepper, a relatively new addition to the world of super-hot chillies, has been generating buzz among pepper enthusiasts for its potential to be the hottest pepper in the world. While its exact Scoville rating is yet to be determined, the Apollo Pepper is said to be one of the hottest peppers in the world, providing a true test for even the most experienced pepper-eaters.

The Carolina Reaper

Hailing from South Carolina, USA, the Carolina Reaper holds the Guinness World Record as the hottest chilli in the world. With an average of 1,641,183 SHUs and individual peppers reaching over 2,500,000 SHUs, this fiery red pepper is not to be taken lightly. Its unique wrinkled appearance and scorpion-like tail are a testament to its ferocious heat. Despite its intensity, the Carolina Reaper boasts a fruity flavour that can be enjoyed by those brave enough to withstand its fiery wrath.

Honourable Mentions: The 7 Pot Barrackpore and Pepper X

The 7 Pot Barrackpore, a force among the world's hottest peppers, is known for its intense heat and slightly bitter flavour. It is a little less fruity than other super-hot chillies, but its heat, which is hotter than most other 7 Pot varieties, makes it a noteworthy contender.

Pepper X, with a reported Scoville rating of 3,180,000 SHUs, was once considered the hottest pepper in the world. However, its inconsistent heat levels have prevented it from claiming the official title. Nevertheless, Pepper X remains a formidable challenger in the world of extreme heat.

So, dear adventurous souls, are you daring enough to step into the realm of these fiery delights? As we bid adieu to this thrilling journey through the kingdom of chillies, one thing is clear: the universe of these scorching sensations is a wild and diverse playground of flavours, forms, and intensities. From the tongue-scorching Reaper to the eye-watering Scorpion peppers, these potent peppers might just become your next favourite spicy delicacy. Will you dare to take a bite? The choice is yours.