Species: Capsicum Chinense
Heat Level: 500,000 to 1,463,700 SHU (Scoville heat units)
The Scorpion Pepper was once the hottest in the world. The name derives from its striking color and shape. It is bright red with a round top and pointed base that somewhat resembles a scorpion. However, despite its exotic name, the Scorpion Pepper is native to Mississippi where it was propagated by Butch Taylor. Its three-year reign as the hottest pepper according to Guinness World Records made it incredibly popular. Its appeal is not just the spice though. The Scorpion Pepper is also flavoursome with a sweet, fruity aftertaste.