Recently, there was a challenge on YouTube where people would eat a ghost pepper (bhutjolokia). This got me interested in researching other spicy peppers. I was shocked to find out that the ghost pepper wasn’t as spicy as many other peppers; it didn’t make the top 5 list or even the top 10! Spiciness is measured using the Scoville scale and the hottest peppers in the world are ranked based on the Scoville scale units (SHU) each receives. The top 5 hottest peppers in the world in ascending order are the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”, the 7 Pot Primo, the 7 Pot Douglah, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and the Carolina Reaper.
The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” pepper is currently ranked as the fifth hottest pepper in the world at 1,463,700 SHU. The pepper is derived from the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and was named after Butch Taylor, a Mississippi hot sauce company owner, who propagated the pepper’s seed. Although the pepper is ranked #5, it’s still more than 292 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Next up is the 7 Pot Primo. The pepper is measured at 1,469,000 SHU making it 293.8 times spicier than a jalapeno. It was created in Louisiana in 2005 by a horticulturist who crossed a Trinidad 7 Pot and a Naga Morich. Needless to say this pepper is HOT and can appear red, orange or yellow in colour.
The third spiciest pepper in the world is the 7 Pot Douglah. It measures at 1,853,936 SHU and packs a punch. That’s about 371 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper. These peppers are rare and dark brown/deep purple in colour. The pepper has small bumps over it and is said to have one of the best flavours for a hot pepper. Because of the dark brown colour, it is sometimes known as the Chocolate 7 Pot.
The runner-up of the world’s spiciest peppers is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Measuring a whopping 2,000,000 SHU on the scale, this pepper is sure to cause you to perspire profusely. The pepper got its name after being created in Moruga, Trinidad. The pepper’s fruit-like flavour makes it a sweet-hot combination that will bring you to tears.
Last but by no means least is the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper. Like its name suggests this pepper may send you to your grave. It measures 2,200,000 SHU on the Scoville scale making it 440 times hotter than a jalapeno, which some struggle to handle. It was made by a Pakistani Naga and a Red Habanero pepper. It gets its name from being created in South Carolina and was ranked by the Guinness World Records as the world’s hottest pepper in 2013. Aside from its heat, the pepper is very flavourful but the heat alone would deter many.
Even though I’m a lover of spicy food, I’d probably never try any of these peppers. A bite of any of these peppers is a guarantee that your taste buds will hate you now and your intestines will hate you after. However, if you so desire and you are brave enough, you can look into purchasing any of these peppers and trying them for yourself but just remember that you were warned.