Wherever you go, chili peppers will always be a part of anyone’s cooking, ranging from mild to scorching, savoring the flavors with every punch. The heat of the peppers is internationally measure by Scoville Scale Units (SHU), a scale created by Wilbur Scoville in 1912.
10. Chiltepin Pepper, Capsicum annuum variety glabriusculum
A pepper with a luscious smile of green with flowers of white hits up with an astonishing 50,000-100,000 SHU. So don’t be fooled by its size or color. The heat, distinct and smoky, will rapidly coat your mouth but will dwindle quickly.
9. Malagueta Pepper,Capsicum frutescens
This type of pepper is widely used in Brazilian, Portuguese and Mozambican cuisines. It turns from green to red as it ripens, making the ripe ones more potent. It tops the scales at 60,000-100,000 SHU, torching your mouth with a single hit.
8. Byadgi Chili, a.k.aKaddi
Byadgi Chili is a proud local of the state of Karnataka, India. It is revered as an important spice in providing great flavor for a lot of dishes, hitting the scales at 12000 to 17000 SHU. Oil extracted from the chili is commonly used to make lipstick and nail polish.
7. Scotch Bonnet Pepper,Capsicum chinense
Hitting the scales at 100,000 – 350,000 SHU, the only sure way to avoid getting burned is to remove all the seeds, just enough to lessen the heat. But despite that, it goes great with meat, poultry and fish dishes, adding not only flavor, but also heat.
6. Red Savina Habanero, Capsicum chinense Jacquin
Burning with 577,000 SHU, the chili not only provides great flavor but also punch. It was a former queen of the hot chili peppers until it was dethroned in February of 2007. This species was carefully selected and bred in order to yield more in quantities and also heat.
5. Ghost Pepper, a.k.aNaga BhutJolokia
Ghost Pepper dethroned the Red Savina in 2007 because this chili measures a whopping 330,000-1,032,310 SHU. The chili, most commonly used to dowse dishes, is also a key ingredient to curing summer heat. The heat from the peppers activates the sweat glands, releasing internal heat, dropping the temperature down to normal.
4. Infinity Chili Pepper
Originally bred in England, Nick Woods created this hottest chili of 2011. It topped other chili peppers at a scary 1, 067, 286 SHU up until it got knocked down by a hotter one. The fame only lasted for 2 weeks.
3. Naga Viper
This pepper, a crossbred from three former hot chili pepper queens, is 1382222 SHU hot. So a bite of this will make your tongue go numb burning its way down your throat, lasting up to an hour. It can even peel paint.
2. Trinidad Scorpion
It was once the queen of all hot chili peppers until Moruga Scorpion stole the crown. A bite will give a one big 1,400, 000 SHU punch.
1. Moruga Scorpion
A bite from hell, your mouth will suffer not only a great big slap but also an agonizing sensation of burning heat. The pepper became the queen bee of all hot chili peppers when it decided to tip the scales at 2,009,231 SHU.