7 of the Hottest Peppers in the World

Pepper X (2,693,000 SHU)

Pepper X holds the title of the world's hottest pepper, averaging 2.69 million Scoville Units and peaking over 3 million SHU. While not much is known about it due to the lack of publicly released seeds, its extreme heat sets it apart.

Carolina Reaper (2,200,000 SHU)

The Carolina Reaper, originally crowned as the world's hottest pepper in 2013, reclaims its title with an average of 1,641,000 SHU and peaks at 2.2 million SHU. Bred for heat, it boasts a unique stinger tail and excellent fruity

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (2,009,231 SHU)

Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is a sought-after pepper known for its relentless heat. Though lacking the Reaper's stinger, it matches its spiciness and offers a formidable challenge to heat-seekers.

7 Pot Douglah (1,853,936 SHU)

Renowned for its exceptional flavor, the 7 Pot Douglah defies tradition by being brown instead of red, yet still maintains scorching heat. With its rich taste, it's a favorite among pepper enthusiasts for use in various culinary applications.

7 Pot Primo (1,469,000 SHU)

The 7 Pot Primo stands out with its long, skinny "tail" and blazing heat. Created by horticulturist Troy Primeaux, it's visually striking and instantly signals intense spiciness to those brave enough to try it.

Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" (1,463,700 SHU)

Named after its creator, Butch Taylor, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" boasts a scorpion stinger at the tip and burns like swallowing a thousand suns. While no longer the reigning champion, it's still among the hottest peppers globally.

Naga Viper (1,349,000 SHU)

An extremely rare pepper cultivated in the UK, the Naga Viper is a hybrid of multiple peppers resulting from years of cross-pollination. While not fully stabilized, it delivers super-hot spiciness and offers a unique flavor profile.