The World’s Hottest pepper is Trinidad’s Moruga Scorpion
While many people believe the world’s hottest pepper is the ghost pepper, within the past six months or so a new champion has been born: Trinidad’s Moruga Scorpion Pepper. In fact, the New Mexico State University — the only international, non-profit scientific organization devoted to education and research related to Capsicum or chile peppers — tested the pepper, which ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale.
The Trinidad moruga scorpion (Capsicum chinense) is native to the district of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. On February 13, 2012, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute identified the Trinidad moruga scorpion as the hottest chili in the world, with a mean heat of more than 1.2 million Scoville heat units (SHUs) and individual plants with a heat of more than 2 million SHUs. The previous record holder was the bhut jolokia of India. The current world record holder is the Carolina Reaper.