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New Mexico Superhot Tests Revealed

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This is an excerpt from the new book Dave DeWitt’s Chile Trivia, which will launch at the 24th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, March 2-4, 2012 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Maximum Pungency Values of Superhot Chiles as Tested in 2011

Marlin Bensinger, an analytical chemist with his own chromatograph (two of them!) has been growing out superhots in various locations in Las Cruces and Haiti and them testing them. Here are his hottest results for the varieties he tested, except where noted, in thousands of Scoville Heat Units.


Variety Scoville Heat Units
Scorpion, Butch T, Red 1,107 K
Bhut Jolokia* 1,001 K
Barrackapore 987 K
Douglah 866 K
Naga Morich 837 K
Jonah 7 Pot, Red 757 K
Orange Habanero/Scorpion Cross 656 K
Chocolate Habanero 425 K
Jonah 7 Pot, Yellow 386 K
Red Savina* 249 K
Orange/Red Habanero 245 K
Scotch Bonnet 235 K
Orange Carib Habanero 225 K

*Tests by New Mexico State University

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