If you're a chili lover, you probably already know the world of chilies really well. But if you've only recently discovered the wonders of extreme hotness, you may want to learn more about the peppers. That's why we've got 5 unique chilies you've got to try!
Taking the first five hottest peppers would be the easiest. But we decided to pick 5 that are tasty and have a stable place and unique reputation among chili lovers.
But since we know that starting with the hottest one might scare you a bit, we'll take it pretty much from the end.
Number 5: Bird's Eye
Bird's Eye is definitely not a chili pepper to mess with. When you compare it to the much-known and popular jalapeño pepper, you'll find that it's more than 20 times hotter.
Bird's Eye comes from Asia. They are small oval-shaped peppers, about 3 cm long. Whether their name is derived from their resemblance to the bird's eye or the fact that birds spread it in their droppings, we do not know. What we do know is that if you love spicy food, you need this pepper when cooking!
Bird's Eye does not add any specific flavour to the food. Its main characteristic is its intense spiciness. You can add it to Asian dishes, soups, sauces, stews or pickled ermine. But be careful with the dosage. Otherwise, you'll experience a real inferno.
Heat level: 100 000 SHU
Number 4: Habanero
Few names are as well known in the world of chili as Habanero. With its strong spiciness, for many individuals, it becomes the peak of their chili experience. And no wonder. Habanero is a real challenge.
Cuba is the cradle of this pepper and its name is derived from the capital Havana (La Habana in Spanish). Although Habanero is still associated with Cuba, Mexico is currently the largest grower.
The reason, to go above and beyond and give this pepper a chance, is simple. Inside this chili there are exotic notes that completely transform the taste of food. You can smell yellow melon, coconut or papaya. This makes it suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes.
Heat level: 350 000 SHU
Number 3: Naga Bhut Jolokia
This pepper is already here for the really brave ones. Its hotness is so high that for some time it was the hottest pepper in the world! But if you try it, you'll be surprised. It has a great fruity flavour.
Naga Bhut Jolokia is a really tasty chili pepper. Although this pepper burns, you can enjoy its taste too. First, it allows you to enjoy the pleasant notes of fruit. Then it starts to burn slightly. At that point, you might think, "That's not so bad". And that's when the real ride begins. The Naga Bhut Jolokia starts to spit real flames and won't stop long after the last bite.
Heat level: 1 000 000 SHU
Number 2: Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
The name „scorpion“ alone suggests that the experience with this chili will end in pain and tears. So it's certain you won't forget the encounter. But it's not just the intense spiciness that you'll remember. You will also remember its amazing aroma and fruity taste.
This pepper takes its time with its attack. First it gives you space to enjoy its taste and then the intense heat kicks in. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the second hottest pepper in the world, and if you can overcome its power, you'll be standing on the doorstep of the hottest of the hot: the Carolina Reaper.
Heat level: 2 000 000 SHU
Number 1: Carolina Reaper
At the very top of extreme hotness stands the Carolina Reaper, a chili pepper cultivated by grower Ed Currie. There can be no doubt about its hotness. With a value of 2,200,000 SHU, it has dethroned all competitors and has taken its place on the imaginary throne of all chili peppers.
Carolina has a unique taste that offers hints of chocolate or cherry. But before you can fully enjoy it, you'll experience something you've never experienced before. Hiccups, sweat, tears and an intense, never-ending spiciness will become your closest companions within minutes of consumption. But it's worth it. Every chili enthusiast should come face to face with the Guinness World Record holder.
Heat level: 2 200 000 SHU
The peppers that wanted to dethrone the Carolina Reaper
If you've been wanting to try the hottest chili pepper, you may have heard of chili peppers that wanted to dethrone the Carolina Reaper. Dragon's Breath and Pepper X are definitely the most famous ones. But although both are said to have higher SHU values, their hotness has not yet been measured and officially confirmed.
Try the Hot Chip Challenge
If you really want to challenge yourself, then try our chips made from the world's hottest pepper. It requires a glove to manipulate with it and it contains spices not only from the Carolina Reaper, but also from the other champion Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.
If you think you've got what it takes, then come on in and join the Hot Chip Challenge today!