Updated for 2017 – Hottest Pepper

PepperHead® has the most up-to-date list of the World’s Hottest Peppers. The previous world champion, Moruga Scorpion has been dethroned!!

The new Guinness World Records World’s Hottest Pepper is the Carolina Reaper. On November 20, 2013 the Carolina Reaper was given the title as the Hottest Pepper in the World.

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Top Ten Hottest Peppers In The World 2017

SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)

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1. Carolina Reaper 2,200,000 SHU

Carolina Reaper - Hottest Pepper The Carolina Reaper is officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper as ranked by Guinness Records. There is nothing normal about this pepper. It was bred for heat and that it is, with an average SHU of over 1.5 million and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU!

Just looking at it, you know its one mean pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a unique stinger tail that is unlike any other pepper.

It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Pakastani Naga and a Red Habanero. Oddly enough this pepper doesn’t just have heat, but excellent flavor as well.

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Hilarious video of these girls eating The Carolina Reaper!

Watch these girls try to eat the infamous Carolina Reaper. They may be over-reacting a tad, but entertaining nevertheless.

10 Even more Hilarious Video Reactions to Eating the Carolina Reaper

You can now buy the reaper as powder, live plants or seeds so you can grow your own plant and try for yourself.

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2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU

Moruga Scorpion Straight from the depths of hell, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend, AKA Moruga Scorpion, is a rare sought after pepper that was only just recently discovered.

Native to the lands of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. Once you take a bite of this formidable pepper the heat never stops building.

This pepper may be lacking the Reaper’s stinger, but don’t let that fool you. The Moruga Scorpion is every bit as hot as The Carolina Reaper.

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3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU

7 Pot Douglah Well renown in the pepper community as one of the hottest peppers with the best flavor. This is the hottest pepper you can find that isn’t red.

The hottest “superhot” peppers are traditionally red, but the Douglah defies the odds by being brown AND scortching hot.

You can’t go wrong with fresh, dried, or powdered Douglah on any food. Also known as 7 Pod Douglah, Chocolate 7 Pod or the 7 Pot Brown.

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4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU

7 Pot Primo The 7 Pot Primo is very distinctive with its long skinny “tail”. Created by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux, and some recent peppers cultivators have tried to replicate this look because the tail is just terrifying.

When you just look at this pepper, you know it’s going to be INSANELY hot. It coincidentally looks strikingly similar to The Carolina Reaper…

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5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU

Butch-T-Header Previous Guinness World Record Holder (2011) from Australia. No doubt it’s insanely hot, but other peppers have been proven to be hotter. It’s aptly named due to the scorpion stinger found at the tip of the pepper and also the creator, Butch Taylor.

The burn from this pepper is unlike any other. The Butch T burns like you swallowed a 1,000 suns.

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6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU

Naga Viper Extremely rare pepper cultivated in the UK. Hybrid of many different peppers and years of cross pollination created this variety of “Super HOT” pepper. It was never fully stabilized before being released so pod variation is expected.

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7. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,427 SHU

Ghost Pepper The most famous “Super Hot” due to the amount of press it has received in the past. It exploded in popularity on YouTube and other social sites where pepperheads eat whole Ghost Peppers as part of a challenge.

This is the first pepper to scientifically test over 1 million scovilles. Many mistakenly still believe it is the World’s Hottest. As you can see, it is far from it.

This isn’t 2007. If you have friends that still think the Ghost Pepper is the hottest pepper, share this page with them.

However, don’t be fooled by how low this is on the list as it can still bring a grown man to his knees.

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Kid swallows ghost pepper, instantly regrets it.

8. 7 Pot Barrackpore ~1,000,000 SHU

Barrackpore The 7 Pot Barrackpore is one of the hottest of the 7 Pot peppers. This one is from the Town of Chaguanas in Trinidad and Tobago.

Many of these “super hots” come from this region.

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9. 7 Pot Red (Giant) ~1,000,000 SHU

7 Pot Red The 7 pots were named after their ability to heat up 7 pots of stew and that it does! (other varieties include Jonah and Yellow)

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10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU

Red Savina Back in the early years of super hots, the Red Savina Habanero was KING! He has since been dethroned and many peppers have passed him in heat.

The Red Savina just barely makes the Top 10, but does so in fashion with its great flavor and extreme heat.

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers

  1. Ramesh says:

    Respecteed sir
    I want to grow bholakia in my green house how much seed I need and spacing details water, humidity etc and cost of seed

  2. Cole Montelongo says:

    Looking for a stable line of genetics, preferably a landrace, with great smoky flavor. Heard the Brown Moruga or Chocolate Bhut Jolokia may be what I need. Which is a more uniform, time tested crop?

    • PepperHead says:

      Cole, the Chocolate Bhut Jolokia is definitely more stable, but I believe the Brown Moruga is superior in flavor and heat.

      I don’t know of any peppers that have a smokey flavor off the top of my head, but you can easily add that flavor by the method of cooking. Quickly grilling them or even smoking these peppers will give you the flavor you desire. Grilled or smoked peppers are amazing by the way.

    • Edward says:

      At first you had a pulse and then after you swallowed, you didn’t have a pulse anymore, that is the reason why it was no longer hot.

  3. Lawnik says:

    I ate the smallest crumb I could break off of a dried Carolina Reaper. It crippled my whole mouth for roughly an hour! What an experience, 10/10 would eat molten lava again! Maybe… if I have a spare hour, alone, with nobody to talk to.

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