Species: Capsicum Chinense
Heat Level: 855,000 to 1,041,427 SHU (Scoville heat units)
Other Names: Ghost Chili Pepper, Ghost Pepper
The Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Chili, named for its ghostly bite, is the hottest chili pepper in the world. Also known as the Naga Jolokia and Bih Jolokia, or poison chili pepper, it has been measured at 855,000 Scoville units up to 1,041,427 units by Guinness World Records.
The Bhut Jolokia is twice as hot as the Red Savina (350,000-577,000 Scoville units) and is similar looking to the Dorset Naga. When ripe, the ghost chilies are 60 mm to 85 mm long and up to 30 mm wide. They have an orange or red color. They are very similar looking to Habanero peppers, but they have a rugged skin.