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The Worlds Hottest Chili


Originally named like some sort of killer virus, HP22BNH, these little bastards were bred by Ed Currie who runs PuckerButt Pepper company in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Bordering as close to the same heat as US law enforcement pepper spray, the reaper may look like a harmless little chilli but beware that these if eaten raw can cause severe stomach pain, throat swelling, profuse sweating and even breathing problems.

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Scoville heat units Name of pepper
2,200,000 Carolina Reaper
855,000–2,199,999 Trinidad Moruga Scorpion,Naga Viper pepper, Infinity Chilli, Naga Morich,Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper), Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper, Bedfordshire Super Naga, Spanish Naga Chili
350,000–580,000 Red Savina habanero
100,000–350,000 Habanero chili, Scotch bonnet pepper, Datil pepper, Rocoto, Madame Jeanette, Peruvian White Habanero, Jamaican hot pepper, Fatalii Wiri Wiri
100,000–225,000 Bird’s eye chili
50,000–100,000 Byadgi chilli, Malagueta pepper, Chiltepin pepper, Piri piri, Pequin pepper, Siling Labuyo
30,000–50,000 Guntur chilli, Cayenne pepper, Ají pepper, Tabasco pepper, Capsicum chinense
10,000–23,000 Serrano pepper, Peter pepper, Chile de árbol,Aleppo pepper, Chungyang Red Pepper
3,500–10,000 Chipotle, Guajillo pepper, Espelette pepper, Fresno pepper, Jalapeño, wax (e.g.,Hungarian wax pepper)
1,000–4,000 Jalapeño pepper, Anaheim pepper, Gochujang, Pasilla pepper, Peppadew, poblano (or ancho),Poblano verde, Rocotillo pepper
100–900 Banana pepper, Cubanelle, paprika, Peperoncini, Pimento,
0 Bell pepper


As of August 7, 2013, the Carolina Reaper has rated as the world’s hottest chili pepper. Averaging an incredible 1,569,300 on the Scoville scale with intense peak levels recorded over 2,200,000 heat units (SHU). We thought when the Trinidad Scorpion chilli arrived that nothing could be top it but the Carolina Reaper is getting close to the inconsumable level of heat. We know it’s just a matter of time until this record is beaten by another crazy redneck chili farmer.