Top 10 hottest natural peppers

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Our next top 10 list is hot. Very, very hot. Many people like their food little spiced. And nature offers a wide range of interesting peppers that spices your food. However, hot is not hot enough for some and that’s why some pepper growers create hybrid peppers that burn your mouth instantly. Wilbur Scoville created the Scoville Scale, a measurement of the spicyness of peppers. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) indicates the level of capsaicin in a pepper. Take a beer and have a look at the top 10 of hottest peppers:

  1. Toscan Peppers – 100-900 SHU, mild taste with some heat, commonly used in salads
  2. Peppadew – 1100 SHU, sweet flavour, some heat
  3. Anaheim pepper – 1200-2200 SHU
  4. Jalapeño pepper – 2500-8000 SHU
  5. Serrano pepper – 10.000-25.000 SHU, biting
  6. Tabasco pepper – 30.000-50.000 SHU, prime source for the famous Tabasco sauce
  7. Pequin pepper – 100.000-150.000 SHU, sweet, yet spicy
  8. Habanero chili – 100.000-350.000 SHU, extremely hot, sometimes placed in tequila for spicyness
  9. Red Savina habanero – 350.000-580.000 SHU, exceptionally hot, a hybrid, not commonly planted
  10. Trinidad Scorpion butch* – 1.463.700 SHU – official holder of the Guinness Book of hottest peppers, hybrid

N.B. The strength of pepperspray, used by law enforcement, is indicated at 5.000.000 SHU

* disputed in the pepper growing community