Red hot chili peppers come in all sizes, shapes, and levels of hotness. The pepper’s level of SHU (Scoville Heat Units) is what determines just how hot it is.
In this article we will list the Top 5 Hottest Red Chili Peppers, and what their characteristics are. Starting with the least hot of the very hottest, up to the most savagely torrid pepper on the planet.
The 5th Hottest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is-
The Trinidad Butch T Scorpion
Up until 2011, this torrid pepper was the record holder for hottest pepper in the world, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. It is from Australia, where it was bred by Mr. Butch Taylor. It has now dropped down to 5th hottest, but believe me, it still has to be a scorching hot chili. This one I have not tried yet, but cooks’ reviews say that it is also loaded with a distinctive and pleasant flavor.
The 4th Hottest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is-
The 7 Pot Primo
Created by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux, the 7 Pot Primo is distinguishable from other similar small hot red peppers by its distinctive skinny, long tail. Peppers cultivators tend to admire the demonic look of its tail, and many try to duplicate a similar look in their breeding practices.
You don’t have to bite into one of these to tell it is stupid insane hot – just looking at it can scare your palate!
The 3rd Hottest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is-
The Trinidad Douglah
The Trinidad Doughlah (also sometimes called the “7 Pot Doughlah) is not only respected as one of the hottest peppers in the world, chefs revere it for its remarkable, tasty flavor. It blends in well with other, milder ingredients, and is a good choice for many a hot & spicy dish. Other names for this hellishly hot chili are “Chocolate 7 Pod” and “the 7 Pot Brown”.
The 2nd Hottest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is-
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
This pepper was recently “discovered” and brought to chefs’ attentions worldwide not too long ago. It is indigenous to Tobago and Trinidad. Also called the “Moruga Scorpion”, it is quite rare and sought after by spicy-hot culinary specialist chefs. It has its own unique flavor, and it has a “creeper” effect. The heat doesn’t present itself to the palate fully right away. But don’t be fooled. Once those oils have landed on your palate, the heat starts building and building and seems to never stop. So go easy, eat slow, and make sure you’ve not overdone it!
And, finally, the Hottest of all Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Entire World!
The Carolina Reaper!
According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the Carolina Reaper is now officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper. It is a product of breeding for heat, a cross between a Red Habanero and a Pakastani Naga. Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, this little baby packs a wallop like no other hot pepper. It has an average SHU of well over 1.5 million, all the way up to 2.2 million!
To put that in perspective, think about the jalapeno pepper. Most people consider the jalapeno to be a very hot pepper. And it is, to be sure. Well, the SHU average in a jalapeno is 2,500, and the hottest jalapenos may get as high as 10,000. Do the math:
The average Carolina Reaper is six hundred times hotter than the already very hot jalapeno!
This pepper even looks mean, doesn’t it? Like some horned little devil ready to stab your tongue. The Carolina Reaper is not just the most fiendishly hottest pepper, however. It also is very flavorful. Just exercise restraint the first time you use it in your kitchen. A tiny bit goes a long way, and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after chopping and handling it. If you swipe at your eyes and/or forehead with the sizzling oils of this pepper on your hand, you are in for feverish, blinding experience!
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So there you have it, the Top 5 Hottest red peppers in our known galaxy. Please leave a comment before you go. Have you had any experience with any of these peppers? If so, share with us. If not yet, would you now consider trying some in the next super spicy dish you prepare?
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