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|
|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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Other than pepper spray what possible use is there for the two hottest peppers? I can’t imagine anyone regardless of their tolerance level being able to do anything with those.
OK, I’ll be the first to ask: where do I get seeds for the Butch T Red Scorpion?
Check Refining Fire Chiles for an extensive selection of Superhot chile seeds.