What Is the Hottest Pepper In the World?
What is the hottest pepper in the world? This is a question many pepper lovers want to know. Believe it or not there are thousands of people who look for the hottest pepper to grow and to eat. Some businesses will use the hottest pepper in the world to make hot sauce that will scald your mouth. To eat the hottest pepper in the world is to ask for a lot of pain to be delivered to your mouth, tongue and throat. It will even cause burning in the stomach for hours after the pepper is consumed. What pepper are we talking about? The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper is now number one on the list of the hottest pepper in the world. Butch Taylor grew the first of these peppers. They are located in Australia.
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Top Peppers in the Past
The hottest pepper in the world now is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper with a Scoville heat unit of over 1,400,000. Years ago the habanero pepper topped the list of the hottest pepper in the world. The SHU on a habanero is around 700,000. This is for the strain Red Savina Habanero and it was top of the list from 1994- 2006. In 2007 it was replaced by the Naga Bhut Jolokia Pepper (Ghost Chili pepper) at just over 1,000,000 SHU. This pepper was on top for 4 years before it was finally replaced on March of 2011 with the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.
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Hot Pepper Uses
After you decide if you really want to tackle the hottest pepper in the world, you will need to learn how to use it. There are many uses for adding flavoring to food. You simply cut up the pepper and add it to your chili recipe or other dish where you want to add a little zing.
Some people eat hot peppers to relieve congestion. The heat from the capsaicin will cause the nose to run, relieving the congestion. It will even help chest congestion as it warms the air you breathe in; it will break up the congestion in your lungs. It is suggested to try to eat a hot pepper to get relief from a migraine or sore throat.
Tests have been done that show a correlation between breast cancer and hot peppers or the capsaicin within the pepper. It is believed that adding capsaicin to your diet could prevent developing breast cancer. You will also get antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. All of which are necessary for your health.
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How to Handle the Hottest Pepper in the World
Now that you know what is the hottest pepper in the world you can learn how to safely handle a hot pepper. You don’t want to use bare hands when handling peppers. They do have oil that will get on the skin. You will then touch your eyes or nose or other sensitive parts of the body. This will cause burning and can even cause temporary blindness. Always take cautions when cutting hot peppers. Always wash your hands thoroughly before you touch anything.