SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)

SHU is a way of quantifying how spicy a pepper is by measuring the concentration of capsaicinoids. Capsaicin is the chemical responsible for the spicy sensation within a pepper.

5. 7 Pot Primo

1,469,000 SHU

The 7 Pot Primo is a cross between a Naga Morich and a Trinidad 7 Pot pepper. It was created by Troy Primeaux, (nickname Primo)

4. 7 Pot Douglah

1,853,936 SHU

The 7 Pot Douglah is an extremely hot pepper from Trinidad. It's skin is notably dark chocolate brown and somewhat pimpled. It starts off green but matures to a rich brown. It is one of the Hottest Peppers in the World.

3. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

2,009,231 SHU

In February 2012, the 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference, in association with Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles, announced that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was the world's hottest chili pepper. The Moruga Scorpion is indigenous to the Moruga region of Trinidad and Tobago.

2. Carolina Reaper

2,200,000 SHU

This is an extremely hot chili pepper developed by a grower named Ed Currie, and is currently the hottest pepper in the world. It is also called HP22B pepper.

1. Pepper X

2,693,000 SHU

Pepper X is a cultivar of Capsicum chili pepper bred by Ed Currie, creator of the Carolina Reaper. In 2023, Guinness World Records recognized it as The World's Hottest Pepper.

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