Naga Viper pepper

Naga Viper
Heat Exceptionally hot
Scoville scale 1,382,118 SHU

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] In 2012, it was surpassed by the Trinidad moruga scorpion and in 2013 the Carolina Reaper for hottest chili.


The Naga Viper was created in England by chilli farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company in Cark, Cumbria.[3] 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).[4] Due to its hybrid nature it is unable to produce offspring exactly like the parent due to segregation of alleles, and therefore traits.


  1. "Hottest Chilli". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. "8,000 SHU on the same scale.".
  3. "Hottest chilli in the world". North West Evening Mail. 25 February 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  4. "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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