The Naga Viper pepper was originally cultivated by Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company of Cark, Cumbria. Guinness World Records recognized this as the hottest pepper in the world back on February 25th of 2011, beating out the Infinity Chili.
- 1,382,118 SHU
- World’s Hottest Pepper 2011
“It was rated at 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units according to tests conducted by the Warwick HRI Mineral Analysis Laboratory, UK, in November 2010.” – From the Evening Mail
According to Mr. Fowler, the Naga Viper was initially created by crossing Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morich and Trinidad Scorpion. Generally, the Naga Viper is not considered to be a stable hybrid. That is, the shape and characteristics of its offspring do not always resemble its parent. However, I haven’t noticed tremendously wild variations and continue to refine my line of dna for the Naga Viper with each season’s selective seed saving.