Meet 5 of the Hottest Peppers  in the World!

By Fern Greenthumb January 31, 2020

Meet five super-hot peppers - all contain enormous amounts of capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their heat. Take care in the handling!

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Carolina Reaper


With a heat range from 1.4 to 2.2 million Scoville heat units, the Reaper sits atop the pepper scale. It's currently the official world record holder.

Komodo Dragon Pepper


With near equal heat to the Reaper (1.4 million to 2.2 million SHU), the Komodo Dragon hits very hard.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion


Another chili with vicious bite, the Scorpion pepper ranges from 1.2 million to 2 million Scoville heat units.


The 7 Pot Douglah has a wide range, from 900,000 to 1.8 million Scoville heat units. As a "chocolate" chili, it has a beautiful brown hue.

7 Pot Douglah


The Dorset Naga ranges from 1 million to 1.6 million SHU. It's a sub-species of another super-hot - the Naga Morich. 

Dorset Naga