Trinidad moruga scorpion

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion: Super Hot Sting

It’s gettin’ hot in here…

Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,200,000 – 2,000,000
Jalapeño reference point: 150 to 800 times hotter
Origin: Trinidad
Products and seeds: Trinidad Moruga Scorpion on Amazon

To say the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is hot would be like saying the surface of the sun is hot. It’s true, but you’d be really underselling it. This is a scorching hot pepper, a chili so hot people have to wear latex suits and gloves just to work with it without (many) side effects. It’s one of the hottest peppers in the world, only surpassed by the likes of  the Carolina Reaper, the current Guinness Book of World Records title holder.

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Thai pepper

Thai Peppers: Heated Confusion, But Always Spicy!

Many varieties fall into the world of Thai peppers

Scoville heat units: 50,000 – 100,000
Jalapeño reference point: 6 to 40 times hotter
Origin: Thailand
Products and seeds: Thai pepper on Amazon

Let’s start with the confusion. There are dozens of varieties of chilies that fall under the category of Thai peppers. They all share common characteristics, colors, and general heat. And because of that, a little confusion is expected – and it’s totally ok! You’ll typically get what you’re looking for (some solid heat and flavor) out of any chili labeled as Thai peppers.

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Serrano Pepper

Serrano Peppers: Step Up From The Jalapeño

A salsa pepper of choice

Scoville heat units (SHU): 10,000 – 23,000
Jalapeño reference point: Near equal heat to 9 times hotter

If you’ve been a fan of jalapeño peppers and you’re looking for the next jump up the Scoville scale, then a great next landing point is serrano peppers. They’ve got a clean, some say even bright, flavor and a surprising kick without being scorching hot.

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Poblano peppers

Poblano Peppers: Mexico’s Mild Chili

Tasty and mild…

Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,000 – 1,500
Jalapeño reference point: 2 to 8 times milder
Origin: Mexico
Products and seeds: Poblano pepper on Amazon

Poblano peppers are on the milder end of the Scoville scale, ranging from 1,000 Scoville heat units (SHU) to 1,500 SHU. But that mildness in no way belies their popularity. In fact these hot peppers are some of the most beloved and easily found of the bunch! They are arguably Mexico’s favorite chili pepper, especially when you consider that the poblano is also the ancho pepper. The poblano is just ripened fully to a red color and then dried.

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scotch bonnet pepper

Scotch Bonnet Pepper: The Caribbean Chili Of Choice

Don’t let the name fool you

Scoville heat units (SHU): 100,000 – 350,000
Jalapeño reference point: 12 to 140 times hotter
Origin: Caribbean
Products and seeds: Scotch bonnet pepper on Amazon

A scotch bonnet pepper may sound timid, but it is nothing of the sort. It’s one of the spicier peppers (100,000 to 350,000 SHU, same as a habanero) that you may potentially find at a supermarket, especially in geographic areas high in Caribbean residents.

Why the Caribbean? Because this is THE pepper of the region. In fact, if you say you want a hot pepper in most of the Caribbean islands, the scotch bonnet pepper is what you are handed. Scotch bonnet is used in all sorts of Caribbean cuisine, including the well-known jerk chicken (or jerk pork).

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