Hottest Peppers

The Carolina Reaper is the world's current hottest pepper.

The Carolina Reaper is the world’s current hottest pepper.

Margo M., Staff Writer

Since the 1990s, there has been an informal race between pepper growers in select parts of the world to grow the hottest peppers. The following peppers are measured according to the SHU scale, or Scoville Heat Unit.

  1. The world’s hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper, and peaks with a SHU of 2, 200, 000, which, to put in perspective are more than 200 times hotter than jalapenos.
  2. The second hottest pepper the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion has a peak SHU of 2, 009, 231.
  3.  The 7 Pot Douglah is unique among the hottest peppers because the hottest peppers are traditionally red, while the 7 Pot Douglah is brown and tips the SHU scale at 1, 388,938 on average.
  4. The 7 pot Primo averages a heat of 1,2 million on the SHU scale.
  5. And last but not least, The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, averages 1, 150, 000.