The world’s hottest peppers, and where to eat them

Guinness World Records announced new hottest chili: Pepper X

Stars Insider

19/03/24 | StarsInsider

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You've probably come across some spicy peppers in your life, thinking that it couldn't get any hotter than that. The truth is, however, that the peppers you've tried are probably far milder than the peppers that reach the top of the Scoville scale. And if you're not familiar with the world of chilies, know that they're all measured for hotness in their own unit of measurement: Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Previously, the pepper with the highest SHU was the Carolina Reaper. It was created by Ed Currie, founder of the aptly named Puckerbutt Pepper Company in South Carolina, and took the record in 2013. However, Currie has now cultivated an even more punishing chili: the ominously named Pepper X. The Carolina Reaper averaged around 1.64 million SHU, but Pepper X reaches an unimaginable 2.69 million. The numbers have been confirmed by Guinness World Records and Pepper X has officially been awarded the title of the world's hottest pepper. For reference, Pepper X is said to be 1,000 times spicier than the average jalapeño!

So, want to find out which other peppers would leave you with a fiery burn? Then check out this gallery!

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