Hottest Pepper

We all have experience the intensity of peppers burning but what is the hottest pepper. Peppers heat intensity is measure by a scale know as the scoville scale, this lets you know the amount of capsaicin in a pepper which are sensed by our chemoreceptor nerves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worlds hotest pepper which is know as  the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion has a scoville scale reading of 1,500,000 to 2,000,000. to put this in context it has the same intensity as pepper spray .

It can be found in Mexico and looks the same as the peppers in the picture on the right.

 

There are some things that are hotter than a hundred percent capsaicin though. that substance is know as resiniferatoxin. You can find it in  species of euphobia. It is 1000 hoter than pure capsaicin which gives it a scoville scale rating of 16 billion.

Resiniferatoxin can be found in a plant know as spurge. found in africa.