Researchers at New Mexico State University said they have identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper as the hottest pepper in the world. Don’t worry researchers — someone’s already tried to eat it, or at least, a similar pepper…
The school’s Chile Pepper Institute said researchers grew several breeds of chile peppers reputed to be among the hottest in a plant science research field and the mature peppers were then harvested, dried and ground to powder. The capsaicinoids, the compounds that produce the heat sensation, were removed from the peppers and examined. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was measured at more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units, while the second-hottest pepper, Chocolate 7-pot, was found to have nearly 1.17 million. “Part of the reason we conducted this research is that rigorous scientific testing is required to ensure accurate determination of super hot heat levels,” researcher Danise Coon said. “The Chile Pepper Institute, as the leading authority on chile peppers, was a logical place for this research to be conducted.”
Here’s video of a guy trying to eat one…CAUTION: He cusses. You would too.