Naga Viper Heat Exceedingly Hot Scoville scale 1,400,000

The Naga Viper pepper is one of the hottest chili peppers ever measured. It was briefly the "World's Hottest Chilli" in 2011 according to the Guinness World Records[1] with a rating of 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a figure that surpassed the reading of the Infinity Chilli.[2] The Naga Viper has since been exceeded by the 2,200,000 SHU Carolina Reaper.[3] In comparison, a jalapeño pepper measures between 2,500 and 8,000 SHU on the same scale.


The Naga Viper was created in England by chilli farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company in Cark, Cumbria.[4] It is claimed to be an unstable three-way hybrid produced from the Naga Morich, the Bhut Jolokia and the Trinidad Scorpion (some of the world's hottest peppers).[5] Due to its hybrid nature it is unable to produce offspring exactly like the parent due to segregation of alleles, and therefore traits. Research continues in an attempt to stabilise the variety.


  1. ^ "Hottest Chilli". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Title of world's hottest chili pepper stolen - again". The Independent. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Hottest Chili, Guinness World Records 
  4. ^ "Hottest chilli in the world". North West Evening Mail. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "New Record Chilli – Naga Viper chilli – 1,349,000 SHU’s". The Chilli Foundry. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
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