Ah, peppers. You either love them (we all know one or two “chili heads”) or hate them.
We use peppers to add a little zip in salsa, on pizza, jams and jellies, in our fish chowder, and oodles of other ways, but have you ever really wondered just how hot some peppers are? And what are the hottest peppers in the world?
Some evolved organically, some were genetically devised somewhere in a laboratory. Either way, they will set your tongue ablaze. But what are they? And how are they measured?
The world’s hottest pepper is constantly changing, evolving almost.
It seems every year a new pepper is either created or discovered so check back often to see new record breaking peppers!
Measuring the World’s Hottest Peppers
Believe it or not, there is actually a standard unit for measuring levels of spiciness. That’s right, we’re talking about the Scoville Scale.
Named after American pharmacologist, Wilbur Scoville, who devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical, it measures the pungency of chili peppers and other spicy foods. The standard unit of measure being the SHU.
SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)
SHU is a way of quantifying how spicy a pepper is by measuring the concentration of capsaicinoids. Capsaicin is the chemical responsible for the spicy sensation within a pepper.
Top 10 Hottest Peppers in the World
Without further ado, here is our Top 10 Hottest Pepper List.