The world of the chili pepper is a bit of a macho one: Who can grow the hottest? And, perhaps more entertainingly, who’s prepared to eat it! It’s a brave world, with evermore painful ways conjured up to pack as much heat as possible into chili varieties.
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. The golf ball-sized pepper scored the highest among a handful of chile breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world. Its mean heat topped more than 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, while fruits from some individual plants reached 2 million heat units.