Hottest Chili, Naga Viper, Grew in Harsh Cold, Ironically

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 3, 2010 Last Updated: December 3, 2010
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The hottest pepper on Earth, the Naga Viper, is thousands of times hotter than chili peppers (above). (

The hottest pepper on Earth, the Naga Viper, is thousands of times hotter than chili peppers (above). (

The hottest chili pepper on Earth is the Naga Viper, a pepper grown in a greenhouse flanked by snow and freezing weather, and beats out the likes of peppers that are grown in India and Mexico, according to Fox News.

A chili farmer from northwest England was able to cross three of the hottest varieties of pepper to create the Naga Viper, according to the report, which cited Guinness World Records.

"It's painful to eat. It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down. It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it makes you feel great," Gerald Fowler told Fox News.

The pepper hit 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures the chili's level of capsaicin, the chemical that is responsible for the numbing, burning sensation in peppers. By comparison, the next hottest pepper—the Bhut jolokia—peaks at around 300,000 and police-grade pepper spray ranks around 5,000,000 on the scale.

Jalapenos rank between 2,500 and 3,000 on the scale.

Ironically, the new Naga Viper grows in cold weather and is "hot enough to strip paint," he told the Metro.

“Our Naga Viper has been tested as the hottest chilli in the world, although we are still in the process of ensuring that what we have will be consistently the hottest,” Fowler said on his website “Warwick HRI, who have an established name in the testing of chilli heat levels, say that it is the hottest chilli they have ever tested, using the World Standard dried chilli testing protocol.”

On his website, one can order a chili sauce that contains “just under one million Scoville Heat Units.”


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