By: Corine's Cuisine
Have you ever bitten out of a raw hot pepper? Unless you’ve got a high tolerance to hotness, your taste buds are going to get kicked in the pants. But many Hot sauce enthusiasts not only have a high tolerance for spicy peppers, they go out and hunt down the spiciest they can find. Here are the Top Five Hottest Peppers in the world.
Otherwise known as the “Ghost Pepper”, this guy is the superstar of chili peppers. Originally from Assam India, Bhut Jolokia grew to popularity through word of mouth, Internet challenges, and receipts that include the pepper as a key element. But the reason for its popularity among food lovers (and daredevils) is because of its scoville rating at a whopping 1 MILLION SHU. But compared to the rest of the list, the Ghost Pepper is child’s play.
7 Pot Primo
This pepper was originally cultivated by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux. It is a cross between the Naga Morich and Trinidad’s 7 Pot seeds. At a scorching 1,469,000 SHU, this guy tastes about as dangerous as it looks. It is easy to spot these guys due to their distinctive, wasp-like tail.
7 Pot Douglah
Notable for its brown, raisin-like appearance, this humble-looking pepper may not seem like much. But don’t let it fool you; this little guy can knock you on your socks. Straight from Trinidad, the Douglah can go up to 1,853,396 SHU.
From its native home of Moruga Trinidad, the Moruga Scorpion lives up to its name. Rated at 2,009,231 SHU, this little devil will bite your taste buds with ferocious tenacity. It takes about 90 days for it to fruit.
The Carolina Reaper
It’s not called a reaper for nothing. With a pointed tip similar to the 7 Pot Primo, this chili pepper is distinct for being a cross cultivation between two of the already hottest peppers in the world: the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) and the Red Savina Habanero. This average scoville rating can go all the way up to 2,200,000 SHU. Bite at your own risk.
Naturally these peppers need to be used carefully for any Sunday family dish. But as a more relaxed option for your taste-buds, Corine’s Cuisine delivers the appealing Scotch Bonnet Pepper. This party-starter has been known to reach an SHU level of up to 350,000, which makes on par with the hotness of Habaneros. Found in the Caribbean islands, this crazy little guy can be used in a variety of foods, from Scotch Bonnet Sauces to Jerk Pork.
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