LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the new hottest pepper on the planet.
The pepper was picked during a scientific study of super-hot chile varieties. It scored the highest, with more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units.
The institute's director, Paul Bosland, says researchers wanted to establish the average heat levels for super-hot varieties. That's something that hadn't been scientifically set.
Bosland and his partners looked at several breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world.