The Latest Word on Superhot Chiles

Superhot chiles are all over the news as new varieties continually beat the Guinness record for hottest chile in the world.  At left is one of the hottest and the current record holder, the ‘Naga Viper’.  Regarding this chile and the other superhots, there’s an excellent article on the Popular Science blog about them.  Read it here.
Is Guinness World Records the proper authority to determine the hottest chile in the world?  Capsaicin expert Marlin Bensinger doesn’t think so.  Hear Marlin and I discuss the situation on my Chile Podcast, here.

AboutDave Dewitt

Dave is known in the media as "The Pope of Peppers" because of the 36 books he's written on chile peppers and spicy food around the world. He's also co-producer of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show and editor and publisher of the Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite at His latest book, with chile breeder Dr. Paul Bosland, is The Complete Chile Pepper Book.

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