The Naga Viper Pepper, measuring a whopping 1,359,000 Scovilles (in comparison the Jalapeño peppers rate about 2,500 to 5,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures a pepper’s hotness), was created by researchers at Warwick University in Britain who cross bred the hottest peppers in the world to create their demonic vegetable.
The pepper is so hot, in fact, that it’s dangerous to eat, can strip paint and has the potential to be weaponized (because why not?):
You might think the Naga Viper would hail from some part of the world with a strong demand for spicy food, such as India or Mexico. But the new pepper is actually the handiwork of Gerald Fowler, a British chili farmer and pub owner, who crossed three of the hottest peppers known to man — including the Bhut Jolokia — to create his Frankenstein-monster chili.
“It’s painful to eat,” Fowler told the Daily Mail. “It’s hot enough to strip paint.” Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that defense researchers are already investigating the pepper’s potential uses as a weapon.
But Fowler — who makes customers sign a waiver declaring that they’re of sound mind and body before trying a Naga Viper-based curry — insists that consuming the fiery chili does the body good.
“It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down,” he told the paper. “It can last an hour, and you just don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it’s a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great.”
The previous record-holder for title of world’s hottest pepper belonged to the Bhut Jolokia, or “ghost chili,” which registers at 300,000 points less on the Scoville scale than the Naga Viper.