Top 7 World’s Hottest Peppers Sep 22, 2013 yumme Food 0 Long used to measure the potency of a pepper, scientists use the Scoville Scale to rank the hottest peppers in the world. Although very scientific in nature, the Scoville Scale measures the number of heat units each pepper. Essentially, SHU refers to the level of capsaicin present in every single pepper. The higher the number, the hotter the pepper is. Tasting these peppers is not for the faint of heart and is not even recommended to be done by any individual. Below is the ranking of the top 7 world’s hottest peppers. #7 Naga Morich Last, but certainly not least the Naga Morich takes the 7th spot in our ranking of the world’s hottest peppers. With an SHU rating of a cool 1,000,000 SHU this is a pepper that is best used in BBQs and marinades. #6 Chocolate Bhut Jolokia A variant of the aforementioned ghost pepper, the chocolate Bhut Jolokia deserves its own recognition as one of the world’s hottest peppers for registering an SHU rating of approximately 1,000,000 SHU. #5 Bhut Jolokia Can you imagine trying to taste something that is 400 times hotter than Tobasco Sauce? Don’t worry neither can we. However, if looking to try the Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper will fit the bill and registers at just over 1,000,000 SHU. Grown in India, this is a hybrid pepper that is characterized by its red, yellow, orange or chocolate skin color. Known for its thin skin and discernible shape the Bhut Jolokia is easy to recognize. #4 Naga Viper Registering at a “cool” 1,349,000 SHU the Naga Viper may pale in comparison to some of the other peppers on this list, but it too is exceptionally spicy. With its origins tracing to England, the Naga Viper pepper is actually a hybrid plant that is very difficult to reproduce and replicate. #3 Trinidad Scorpion Until 2011 the Trinidad Scorpion had the dubious record as being the hottest pepper in the world. Despite falling to third on the list, this pepper is still extremely spicy at 1,463,700 SHU. Found in Trinidad, the pepper is named after the owner of a popular hot sauce company in the US. The “scorpion” refers to the pepper’s seeds because they resemble the stinger of a scorpion. #2: 7 Pod Douglah Also referred to as the Chocolate 7 Pot because of its brownish skin, the 7 Pod Douglah is the world’s second hottest pepper. Registering at 1,900,000 Scoville Unit the pepper is not only dangerous to taste but also to touch and handle. After touching even the outer skin of the pepper any contact with the face should be avoided. Extremely rare and difficult to grow this pepper is not commonly found available to purchase. #1 Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend More commonly referred to as the , this incredibly potent pepper packs an extremely powerful spice to anyone’s palette. Currently ranked at 2,009,231 SHU the Moruga Scorpion is by far the world’s hottest pepper. This pepper is found in the Moruga district in Trinidad and Tobago and is roughly the size of a golf ball. Those that can muster and survive the first bite may be surprised by the fruity flavor of the plant. However, the spice is extremely overwhelming and leaves a nasty taste.