Naga Viper – the hottest chili pepper in the world

Naga Vipers are the hottest chili peppers in the world; Ironically they are grown in England in the snow!  The Naga Viper chili rates a 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale which is over 300,000 points higher than the previous world record holder – the Naga Jolokia (commonly known as the Ghost Chili or Bhut Jolokia). Jalapeños rate between 2k-2.5k on the Scoville scale.

Culinary madmen have taken to battling it out on who can create and utilize the world’s hottest chili pepper.

The Naga Viper pepper was created in England by a British chili farmer and pub owner named Gerald Fowler. He created the pepper by crossing three of the world’s hottest peppers, including the Naga Jolokia.  “It’s painful to eat,” Fowler told the Daily Mail. “It’s hot enough to strip paint.” Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that defense researchers are investigating the pepper’s potential uses as a weapon. Fowler makes customers sign a waiver declaring that they’re sober and sound of mind before trying a Naga Viper-based curry. “It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down,” he told the paper. “It can last an hour, and you just don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it’s a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great.”

NERD TREK searched online to see if any of the chilis are available for shipment to the USA. We couldn’t find the chili or the seeds, but we did find a link where you can buy sauce made from the Naga Viper chili. You can purchase other chilies and seeds through this website as well. Here is the link!

Enjoy your flaming maw of vipers!

[Via the Daily Mail]

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