The Hottest Pepper in the World (The Haberno is Not Even Close!) by Brian Vaszily, founder of IntenseExperiences.com
So what is the hottest pepper in the world?
In Mexico, and in Mexican restaurants throughout the world, challenging one another to a hottest pepper eating contest is a common show of manliness (some would say a common show of having had too much to drink). Who can eat the hottest pepper, who can eat the most, and who can not find themselves in the washroom for half the day the next day?
The neophytes who know no better challenge one another with Jalapeño peppers ... hot by some gringo's standard but rather wimpy on the Scoville scale of hottest pepper in the world hotness.
It looks rather innocent, cute even, but the naga jolokia pepper -- the hottest pepper in the world -- can eat your lips and tongue and laugh about it.
Those more "in the know" about the hottest pepper in the world challenge one another with the legendary habenero peppers ... unless you are well-practiced and quite used to really hot foods, or you're into scarring your lips and innards with capsaicin burns, don't try the habeneros at home.
However, despite a widespread belief that habeneros are the world's hottest pepper, turns out they don't even come close. In fact they don't even come in second.
(continued below, including hot pepper ratings!)
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Turns out the manliest of men and women -- at least by hottest pepper eating standards -- are off in northeastern India and Bangladesh. That's where the naga jolokia, the world's hottest pepper (confirmed by the almighty Guiness Book of World's Records), is found and -- somehow -- consumed.
According to Scoville ratings -- a rating system first developed in 1912 by U.S. chemist Willard Scoville to measure the "hotness" of chili peppers -- the naga jolokia has a hotness rating of 855,000 to 1,041,427, which is DOUBLE that of the hottest habanero.
Second to the naga jolokia in the hottest pepper in the world standings -- and not too far behind it -- is the dorset naga, a variety grown in Dorset, England, and originally cultivated from the naga jolokia.
Below is a chart showing the Scoville rating for a variety of popular peppers, including the 0-ranked bell pepper (and pure capsaicin, the chemical in peppers that makes them hot.) If you are practicing to be manly, my suggestion is to start at the bottom and SLOWLY work your way up the list below to the hottest pepper in the world.
But first ...
A TOP SECRET IntenseExperiences.com Tip If You Ever Find Yourself in a Hot Pepper Eating Contest
Since most of the natural chemical that makes peppers hot, capsaicin, is concentrated in the center of the pepper, be sure to bite the tip of the pepper to demonstrate your fearlessness and capacity for heat. Then hand the pepper to your competitor and say, "There, now your turn." Their bite will take them closer to, if not right into, the middle of the pepper ... a much hotter experience.
Scoville Rating & Type of Pepper... From the Wimpy Bell Pepper at Bottom to the Hottest Pepper in the World
2,000,000–5,300,000.....Standard US Grade Pepper Spray