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Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers

Top 10 world's hottest peppers 2021 edition

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What are the worlds hottest peppers? The hottest pepper in the world is always changing and getting hotter.

Currently the hottest pepper in the world is the carolina reaper pepper with scoville heat units of up to 2.2 million shu.

Each year there are new super hot peppers being bred and discovered around the world.

The GhostPepperFarms Pepper Co. Keep’s one of the newest most up to date list’s of the new hottest peppers.

Here at the farm we grown, create and of course eat every hot pepper variety we produce so we can tell you if its hot or not.

Soon we will be releasing our own hot pepper crosses to the public once stable and (SHU Testing) for growers to enjoy.

Below is our Top 10 World’s Hottest Pepper List —

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Top 10 Hottest Peppers In The World 2021 Edition | New Hottest Peppers added to list.

The SHU seen at the end of the hottest peppers heat level represents the level of capsaicinoids in the pepper. 


2.2 Million SHU

world's hottest pepper carolina reaper pepper
carolina reapers growing in the garden
carolina reapers
carolina reaper
carolina reaper seeds
Growing hot peppers

Carolina reapers are the previous world record holder and now again the current hottest peppers in the world while beating itself by 70,000 shu. 

First ranked the hottest pepper in world in 2013. But in 2018 the reaper pepper was re submitted and was found to be hotter than before dubbing itself yet again the worlds hottest pepper.

Even though the Carolina reaper is a super hot pepper the flavor is a sweet berrylike smokiness with insane heat that will burn for several minutes to hours.

| The Carolina reaper is up to 5x hotter than the habanero pepper. #hottestpepper2021

Carolina Reapers are hybrid peppers created by crossing a La Soufriere pepper and a naga viper pepper from pakistan. 

The naga viper pepper was the record holder in 2011 and the la soufriere pepper is a hot pepper from carribean island of saint vincent.

Are you ready to take the carolina reaper challenge? If you are make sure you have ice cream, milk, yogurt, and plenty of toilet paper.


Moruga Scorpion

2,009,000 SHU

trinidad moruga scorpion

The trinidad moruga scorpion pepper is a native chili pepper from the village of moruga, trinidad and tobago. In 2012 it was ranked the worlds hottest peppers reaching the scoville heat scale of up to 2,009,000 SHU making the hottest pepper in the world at the time. 

Moruga scorpion peppers are a round shaped pepper but can grow elongated shaped peppers as well. The flavor of the moruga pepper has a sweet fruity taste if you can get past the blistering heat these little peppers have.


7 Pot Douglah

1,860,000 SHU

7 pot douglah peppers 3rd hottest pepper

7 pot douglah peppers is a super hot pepper from the 7 pot pepper family that is native to the caribbean islands. The 7 pot douglah is also called chocolate 7 pod or 7 pod douglah, it is the 3rd hottest pepper in the world. 

Most of the hottest peppers are normally red in color however the 7 pot douglah defies those odds as this is one of the hottest chocolate colored peppers in the world.

The 7 pot pepper family has multiple types of 7 pot peppers but the 7 pot douglah pepper is the rarest of them all.


7 Pot Primo - "Chocolate"

1,500,000 SHU

7 pot primo pepper

7 pot primo peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world that looks strikingly like the carolina reaper pepper.

The primo pepper was created by pepper grower troy primeaux and has been used to created many of the hottest peppers that have long stingers like the reaper.

Originally the primo pepper was red but over years of growing there has been other varieties developed and the chocolate 7 pot primo is one of them.


Apocalypse Scorpion Pepper

1,450,000 SHU

apocalypse scorpion peppers

Apocalypse scorpion peppers are one of the hottest peppers our there from an unknown linage origins however it is likely to be a hybrid pepper cross from the moruga scorpion pepper has one of its parent plants. 

This pepper is said to be just as hot as the carolina reaper pepper or hotter but has not been fully SHU tested to show the average consistent heat level.

The Apocalypse scorpion pepper has a chocolate variant  as well and is just as hot as the red one. 


Moruga x Douglah Pepper Cross

1,200,000 SHU

Hybrid pepper cross of the hottest peppers

Moruga X douglah pepper cross is super hot pepper with heat levels into the extremes. With this peppers linage coming from the 2 hottest peppers we can expect to see blistering heat and beautiful peppers.


Ghost Pepper "OG"

1,149,000 SHU

ghost peppers growing on the plant

Ghost Peppers are the original hottest peppers in the world ranked back in 2007 by the guinness world records with scoville heat units reaching up to 1,149,000 SHU.

The ghost pepper is the most used super hot pepper in spicy food products around the globe. 


Scorpion Hybrid Pepper Cross #23

1,000,000 SHU and over | New Hottest Peppers | Official Scoville Testing in 2022

World's Hottest Pepper

Another unreleased hot pepper cross of the chocolate variety this one is the most stunning one in the uniformity most all the pods have.

Pepper 23 is a hybrid pepper cross from the scorpion & 7 pot family. Heat level is well above ghost pepper heat and beyond however is untested as of now. But with every bit of Scoville heat units over 1.5 million SHU.


Mustard Scorpion Hybrid Pepper #14

1,000,000 SHU and over | New Hottest Peppers | Official Scoville Testing in 2022

hottest pepper hot honey

Even though this worlds hottest pepper is seated at number 9 it is only because once again this is our own pepper cross that has yet to be officially (SHU TESTED). 

Pepper 14 is a Mustard Hybrid with not 100% known linage however it was produced off one of our ghost pepper plants that was supposed to be red and not look anything like this. We have been growing this pepper out now for going on 5 years starting the first year in 2017. 

Full mouth burn after eating a whole pod, several hours. Estimated Scoville Heat Units over 1.5 million shu


Scorpion Hybrid Pepper Cross #6

1,000,000 SHU and over | New Hottest Peppers | Official Scoville Testing in 2022.


This may be number 10 on our list but this pepper is just as hot or hotter than the ghost pepper and many other peppers on the list however this is one of the peppers that has not been officially tested by a lab. 

The heat from this pepper which has no name except Pepper #6 lingers for about 15 minutes with just a small bite. 

So with our almost 10 years of growing hot peppers we have decided to rank this pepper with over 1 million scoville heat units.

Pepper #6 is a hybrid pepper cross with direct linage from the scorpion pepper family.

Hottest Peppers in the World - Unconfirmed or Untested hot peppers.

Dragons Breath | New Hottest Peppers

dragons breath pepper in hand

The dragons breath pepper is a super hot pepper from the european region and was shown to have scoville heat units of up to 2,400,000 SHU. 

But it has not yet been officially certified so once they do it will rank on our hot pepper list.

Pepper X | New Hottest Peppers

pepper x pepper unconfirmed worlds hottest pepper

Pepper X is another crazy super hot pepper that has been featured in many hot ones hot sauces.

The pepper x pepper is said to have a scoville heat units of up to 3,000,000 SHU.

Those numbers have never been publicly seen or verified and most likely just a publicity stunt. But if pepper X ever gets confirmed we will for sure be adding it to our top 10 hottest peppers in the world list.