What is the Hottest Naturally Occurring Pepper 

This guide will address the query, “what is the hottest naturally occurring pepper?’’ We will also discuss their side effects, their benefits, and what to do when your lips burn after eating them. 

What is the Hottest Naturally Occurring Pepper?

There is no one answer to this question. It has been said that the Carolina Reaper is the winner of the hottest natural pepper, the SHU (Scoville Heat Units) of the Carolina Reaper, which is the tool for measuring the spiciness or pungency of hot peppers, is 1,641,000 and peaks at 2.2 million SHU. to have a better understanding, the Carolina Pepper is 200x hotter than a jalapeno!! 

The world’s hottest pepper is constantly changing, and evolving almost. Every year or so they discover a new one. Below are the top 5 hottest peppers in the world. 

Carolina Reaper

This was developed by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero type. It has a SHU of 2,200,000. It is currently listed as the hottest pepper in the world by the Guinness world record. It has a fruity flavor, a small pod with vibrant red color, and a bumpy texture. The distinctive feature of the Carolina Reaper is its scorpion-like tail. 

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 

This comes second to Carolina Reaper. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion range from 1,200,000 to 2,000,000 SHU. This pepper makes jalapeno look like child’s play. 

Its shape is bulbous, its skin is slightly wrinkled and pockmarked. The variety ages from green to red and as it matures, it gets more flavorful and spicier. 

7 Pot Douglas 

This pepper measures between 923,889-1,853,986 SHU. It is about 232 times hotter than the jalapeno pepper. 

It also has a fruity flavor with a hint of nuttiness and earthiness. Its skin is notably dark chocolate brown and somewhat pimpled.  

7 Pot Primo 

This pepper is a cross between a Naga Morich and a Trinidad 7 Pot pepper. It has a SHU of 1,476,480. It is nearly 300 times hotter than the jalapeno. The 7 Pot Primo has a scorpion-like tail. The skin is bumpy and pimply. The variety comes in vibrant red color, orange and yellow. It also has a fruity taste with a floral scent. 

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 

Although this pepper comes 5th in the list, it once held the official title of The World’s Hottest Pepper. It has a SHU of 1,463,700. It’s named due to the scorpion stinger found at the tip of the pepper. Its spiciness has been described as swallowing burning coal. This pepper plant grows beautiful crops. 

What are the Side Effects of Eating Hot Peppers?

The following are some of the side effects that you might experience after eating hot peppers 

  • Heartburn 
  • Indigestion 
  • Rectal burning 
  • Skin rash 
  • Swelling 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Eye pain 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headaches 

If these symptoms do not fade away, you might want to consult a doctor. Also, you might want to avoid drinking water after eating a hot pepper. The water will distribute the capsaicin, which is the compound behind all the spiciness, through your mouth and increase the uncomfortable pain. 

What are the Benefits of Hot Peppers? 

Everything in life has two sides. While hot peppers have their downsides, they also have their benefits. Eating hot peppers may extend your life, says the American Heart Association. 

Previous studies have shown that hot peppers are heavy in antioxidant, anticancer, blood-glucose regulators, and anti-inflammatory properties. All of these are due to the special compound “capsaicin”. We already mentioned that is the reason behind the hot and burning sensation. 

Eating hot peppers reduces the following relative risks: 

  • 26% reduction in cardiovascular mortality 
  • 23% reduction in cancer mortality 
  • 25% reduction in all-cause mortality 

Additional benefits of eating hot peppers are: 

  • Improves metabolism 
  • Relieves joint pain 
  • Fights flu, colds, and fungal infections 
  • Promote weight loss 
  • Quells psoriasis 
  • Prevents bad breath 
  • Prevent allergies 

How to Treat Lips that Burn from Hot Peppers?

Hot peppers are yummy. We can’t deny that, and they are often accompanied by a rush of heat that makes your mouth feel on fire. Capsaicin is found in small amounts in mild peppers like sweet red or green peppers, while cayenne and others have larger concentrations and can be highly fiery. The sensation can be unbearable, but immediate actions can tone it down. 

Eating or drinking a high-fat dairy product

Cream, yogurt, sour cream, cold milk, or ice cream are all examples of this. The high-fat dairy product will break the bond that the hot pepper forms between the nerve endings on your mouth and lips. 

Chew a starchy product 

You can chew on a potato, bagel, roll, or piece of bread. The starch will cool down the flaming sensation. 

Aloe vera 

Apply a drop of aloe vera juice to your lip, it will cool the lip burn immediately. 

P.s: Avoid eating acidic food, as the acid will irritate the lips and increase the pain. 

Conclusion 

This guide addressed the query, “what is the hottest naturally occurring pepper?’’ We also discussed their side effects, their benefits, and what to do when your lips burn after eating them. 

Hope you found this blog helpful, if you have any questions, please let us know. 

Citations 

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https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/09/so-god-made-the-worlds-hottest-pepper/279749/
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https://pepperhead.com/weight-loss-capsaicin/
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