Naga Viper

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

Heat 9/10

1 359 000 on the Scoville scale.

The Naga Viper is a hybrid pepper created in the UK by an English chilli farmer, Gerald Fowler of the Chilli Pepper Company, by crossing two of the world's strongest peppers, the Naga Jolokia and the Trinidad hybrid.

On December 3, 2010, the Naga Viper chilli was certified by Warwick HRI as the world's strongest pepper and will be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. On the scale of Scoville, the Naga Viper reaches 1,359,000 units of Scoville, 300,000 more than the previous record, held by the chilli Naga Jolokia.

It means that this pepper must be diluted in 1,359,000 times its volume of sugar water to no longer feel its pungent taste.

The official record is Held since 2013 by the Carolina Reaper, which averages 1.5693 million with peaks to more than 2.2 million units of Scoville.

The manufacturer explains that its pepper gives a feeling of "pure pain".

The effects can last up to an hour. During this time, "you do not want to talk to anyone or do anything".

The Naga pepper is not only hot, it is also very tasty and fruity if you support the heat.

Today it is grown in northern India, in the Assam region where Assam tea grows, but also in Nagaland, Manipur, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The two tips to remember are: “wear gloves and go easy when you handle it”.

© 2018 Wessel Woortman

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