This selection shows the 10 strongest peppers in the world, measured by the Scoville scale, which was created by the chemist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. It measures the degree of burning or pungency of various plants, such as peppers and chilli peppers.
10. Red Savina Habanero
Developed by Frank Garcia in Walnut, California, in the early 1990s under methods that remain secretive to this day, Red Savina Habanero was protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act until 5 years ago in 2011.
As for this selection, it is the only pepper not to have an average of at least 1 million Scoville scale, as it remains with 248,556 Scoville heat units, SHU.
9. Naga Morich
Jumping to the million dollar club in the pepper world, attention is drawn exceptionally to the hot Naga Morich which has exactly one million units in the Scoville scale. Initially cultivated in Bangladesh and Northeast India, Naga Morich is best known as Dorset Naga in the United Kingdom and comes from a variation of the Chinese species of peppers.
8. Ghost Pepper
Originally from Assam, India, Ghost Pepper received the world’s hottest peppermint title by Guinness World Records in 2007 after measuring at 1,041 million units on the Scoville scale.Recognized to be 400 times stronger than any Tabasco sauce, Ghost Pepper surprisingly lost his title in 2011 for Infinity Chili.
7. Infinity Chili
Infinity Chili still carries the expressive warmth, however, with its Scoville rating in 1,067 million units that makes its creator, Englishman Nick Woods of Grantham, extremely proud. It was 5 years in perfecting the Chinese hybrid species and their cultivation before finally getting it right.
6. Bedfordshire Super Naga
After spending several years crossing a variety of peppers, Genovese discovered the perfect combination when he “unleashed the rise of hell” Bedfordshire Super Naga which measures 1,120 million units on the Scoville scale.
And it comes with warning labels like “The Hottest,” “Super, Super Hot,” and to “never be touched without gloves!”. Bedfordshire Super Naga is not only one of the strongest peppers, it is also one of the hardest to find.
5. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
Moruga Scorpion was developed by Trinidad native Wahid Ogeer and was named the hottest pepper in the world in 2012 by the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University.
Classified as exceptionally warm and measuring at over 1,200 million units on the Scoville scale, there is no doubt that this pepper definitely does not leave anything to be desired.
Described as a sweet and hot balancing act, Moruga Scorpion is known for its fruity flavor that quickly develops into overpowering seasoning which is a danger to anyone who dares to take a bite.
4. Naga Viper
Working for the famous Chili Pepper Company of Cumbria, which is known for trying to get over in developing hot peppers, Fowler was surprised when he created Naga Viper.
Overcoming Infinity Chili on the Scoville scale, Viper hit a record breaking 1,382 million Scoville units, and took its title as the hottest pepper in the world in 2011.
3. Komodo Dragon Chilli Pepper
Bedfordshire pepper farmer Salvatore Genovese took up the challenge of creating the world’s strongest pepper once again when he developed Komodo Dragon, the third position in this selection of the 10 strongest peppers in the world.
Sold by Tesco, the peppers measure incredible 1,400 million units on the Scoville scale and come with a warning, “Do not consume whole. Do not touch without gloves. “
Described as having a hot fruity flavor that leaves the mouth on fire in ten seconds, Genovese says that Komodo Dragon is not for curious pepper enthusiasts, but that did not stop grocers across the UK from selling them.
2. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Pepper
Named for Neil Smith and propagated by the seeds of Farms Zydeco, owner of Butch Taylor of Crosby , Mississippi, United States, Butch T brings a new meaning to “pungent” with an impressive Scoville rating of 1,463 million units.
Rated by Guinness World Records as the world’s strongest pepper in 2011, and holding the title for 3 years, Butch T is the second, but not the last, native American pepper in the selection of the 10 strongest peppers in the world.
1. Carolina Reaper
The hottest pepper in the world was born and raised in the United States and is the famous Carolina Reaper, leading position in this selection, of the 10 strongest peppers in the world.
Greenhouse edited by Ed “Smokin” Currie who heads PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Carolina Reaper officially earned her Guinness World Records title in the summer of 2013 when she measured 1,569 million units on the Scoville scale. And she’s been the queen of the pepper world ever since.