Meet the new hottest chili pepper, the “Naga Viper” What is the deadly meaning of this name?

Teary eyes? Burning throat? Is this how you respond if there’s a little too much jalapeno in your salsa?

Then you better steer clear of the Naga Viper, the new record holder for the spiciest chili pepper in the world. The farmer who is responsible for the pepper says that eating it is dangerous — and invigorating.

The Naga Viper scored 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures the piquancy of a chili pepper by examining the presence of capsaicin. (The scale is named after its creator, an American chemist named Wilbur Scoville.)

Consider this: On the Scoville scale, most common jalapeño peppers only score between 2,500 and 5,000.

The Bhut Jolokia, also called the Ghost Chili and the Naga Jolokia, is the previous record holder. “Naga” means cobra snake in Sanskrit, which indicates the region of the world where many of these varieties originate — India and its environs.

The Naga Viper is impressing pepper aficionados not just for its heat but for its origin, too. The world’s hottest peppers usually come from places where spicy food is the norm, like India. But the new record holder comes from a greenhouse in England.

The Naga Viper farmer crossed three extremely hot peppers – the Bhut Jolokia, the Naga Morich, and the Trinidad Scorpion – to create his masterpiece.


  1. ben -  September 27, 2013 - 7:06 am

    have anyone try bird eye chilli from indonesia ?

    HAUHAUHA NAGA ? CHILI is nothing !!

    • RedLeafRenegade -  October 21, 2015 - 7:10 am

      It would be funny if the peppers were so hot they would cause fire to come pouring out of your mouth. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  2. dustin -  November 22, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    I’m only 14 but I would still love to try it.

    • Elijah young -  June 2, 2015 - 4:30 pm

      I’m 11 and I’m growing them and ghost peppers

  3. lovin it -  May 12, 2012 - 6:26 am

    I love it and it is not hot for me

  4. Phlondar -  March 7, 2012 - 9:27 am

    @ Wrasfish

    You can use ASCCI code by holding down the “Alt” key and while holding it down you press on the numbers at the far right side of your keyboard 164 and then you release the “Alt” key to get the “ñ” or 165 to get the Ñ. That’s it!

  5. Phlondar -  March 7, 2012 - 8:11 am

    @ Hi there

    There is also a spanish section in “Dictionary.com”

  6. Brian Robinson -  June 1, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    living with people who eat chillies all the time,l would love to give it a go.Can you buy them in Victoria, if so, where.

  7. Lilliana -  December 27, 2010 - 6:36 am

    peppers are supposed to be enjoyable! why try to make a super hot one when it is useless?

  8. Kuya Kim atienza--sample sample -  December 18, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    This is ludicruos! People who said that this is sooooooooooooo informative are naive and nonsensical..I mean even my 4-year old niece knew this and more. I think the 13 people who sent feedback above about it are still on elementary level..They are sucked in the vortex of ignorance and pandemonium. I understand that lowly-moron humans can digest such overwhelming knowledge from mine needless to say but I kno you wanna learn cause my IQ is 4 points higher than Stephen Hawkins.
    Also the staff who review this should not eradicate my feedback in this Blog casue it’s time for the banal to learm their amazing stupidity.

    Nice article! You keep the bloods in my vein alive and kickin.’

  9. jim -  December 17, 2010 - 1:15 am

    alright i tried this naga viper. and man it knocks you out. think of a forest fire in your moth for hours headache stomach cramps. this is killer man if you have a bad stomach i do not recomend this pepper to anyone its leathal and will kll you if you cant handle hot stuff. i thought the bhut jolokia was hot try this one and you will see a world of hurt lol

  10. READ THIS -  December 16, 2010 - 9:39 am

    They should use the Naga Viper to make ice cream!

  11. yougotitallwrong -  December 12, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Naga Viper originated in the Philippines…only one person got it right..Prof. William Parker Ph.D. Greenland? Naga City is home to the hottest pepper in World. It’s in the Bicol region in the Philippines. Get you records straight dictionary.com.

  12. Curly -  December 12, 2010 - 1:26 pm


    That’s the whole point.

    bury the hatchet to make peace with somebody after a disagreement
    Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

  13. WonderfulWords -  December 10, 2010 - 8:48 am

    Nothing to do with the peppers, but I have to say that I am amused when people say, “let’s bury the hatchet” after figuratively taking a swing at someone with it.

  14. louis paiz -  December 10, 2010 - 6:12 am

    in guatemala there is a kind of chile pepper that is called cobanero because is grow in a small city called coban which was poblated by mayans and germans women overthere are beautiful they are tall and with chicks red as radishes well people in that place use soup of chile as tea because in high lands is bery could and that make them sweat and keep them healthy. there is also another one called chiltepe it is an small chile pepper the size of an small capper they preper it with tomatoes and unions raw it is delicious with hot tortilla and pork meat so or muy rico is a tipical dish or delicasy . thanks

  15. jolaine phillips -  December 9, 2010 - 10:40 am

    where can we buy these peppers or the seeds in the U.S. ?????

  16. Dave -  December 8, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Just another hybrid of the Naga family of peppers naturally occuring in parts of India. I have grown the british derived Naga Dorset (same family of pepper but cultivated/hybridized in Dorset UK), at some point measured at over 900,000 scoville units. These plants are prolific if cared for in a hot enviorment, one naga plant produced over 80 fruits. I all comes down to what you tolerate and what you are used to….another 30-40% hotter would be rather insane to eat in anything but moderation.

  17. Jim -  December 8, 2010 - 7:59 am

    Wow I can’t wait to try it. My only concern is when it comes out the other end–ouch–viper bite!!!

  18. ShadE -  December 7, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    people who right over luagenge are ignorant. who cares?? grow up people. its a dictonary not jerry springer

  19. The Ween -  December 7, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    Bryan H. Allen, I think I love you. I was livid with Avrom. Thank you for responding to him with calm candor and reason.

  20. Bryan H. Allen -  December 7, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Здравствуйте, Авром! (ושלום!) As I taught myself the Cyrillic alphabet at about the age of 17 (circa 1973), I could easily read “Russian Federation” and “Moskvá” (mɞsˈkvɑ). Though I never learned Russian (or Ukrainian, etc.), I could also recognize why “Russian” was in the feminine gender (rɞsˈskijskəjə) in your snippet. (I assembled my foreign and IPA characters in MS-Word.)

    My segment of Spanish was not intended as a Spanish lesson! Humour, not showboatery (coining a nonce term), my dear sir! It was an expostulation in attempted humour at a Spanish word not being spelled as it is in Spanish in a text intended to teach excellence in language usage. Spanish is the world’s second most widely spoken native language, and, in numerous respects, it is more orderly and logical than English. Humility and reciprocal dignity are in order, sir! Да!

    Did you notice that my real name is Anglo-Saxon? I learned English starting as an infant, Spanish starting at about the age of 34. As I live in a heavily Hispanic area in Los Angeles, I can attest that most immigrants diligently acquire English. Some are quietly indignant if I attempt to speak Spanish (especially when I gaffe) and reply in English. The native /estadounidenses/ are the languid ones in adapting themselves to visitors to a cosmopolitan city.

    As for speech therapy for “accent reduction”, I recommend a cheaper approach first: teach yourself the rudiments of phonology (not merely phonetics) from reading books. I would not be foolish enough to claim to pronounce Russian well (as I cannot speak more than a handful of words and know negligible grammar), but I can claim to pronounce it better than average, as I read descriptions of the tongue positions and learned them. No adult can learn to pronounce any foreign language well from listening to it.

    Thank you for your thought-provoking attention. (Let’s bury all hatchets herewith.)

  21. Prof. William Parker Ph.D. -  December 7, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Actually, the namesake of the “Naga Viper” came from a little booming town in Philippines the Naga City just adjacent to world’s famous wakepark..The town which belongs to the region, I think it’s calle the Bicol region that is infamous for spicy foods.

  22. Gmcrulz -  December 6, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Someone must have tried this pepper. Did they die? Or is there another way to test the “spiciness” of the pepper?

  23. THE BLAH GUY -  December 6, 2010 - 9:54 am

    my moms boyfriend would love to try that pepper and i betcha that he would have a hard time eating it

  24. Anonymous -  December 6, 2010 - 8:55 am

    Biological warfare using chilis! :D

  25. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  December 6, 2010 - 7:16 am

    “This is dictionary.com not diccionario.com” Rofl, but uh yeah for some strange reason i wouldn’t mind trying it.

  26. James -  December 6, 2010 - 1:50 am

    @pepper aficionados

    An adjective to describe the heat? I think you start slipping into swear words.

    like that was ******* hot.

    That’s what they’re for ;)

    Or you could use “that’s going to hurt in the morning” hot.

    I like the latter.

  27. Bryan H. Allen -  December 5, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Hee hee, “Hi there” and “andrew hubbard”! Good humor! However, my snippet of Spanish was also for humor.

    Even at dictionary.com, I expect /accuracy/ (not perfection) in reproducing /all/ foreign words. (CosmicChuck got it right. Yea!) “Jalapeno” was not an error in an English text, but the hot-word text was didactic. In such a text, I expect attention to foreign orthography imported into English, to teach it correctly.

    By the by, did you not notice that my comment was equally phonetical (all right, phonetic—less pedantic). Dictionary.com has not yet employed the correct, valid, symbols of the alphabet of the International Phonetic Association (IPA) in teaching the pronunciation. The oversight in IPA transcription is understandable. Now, dictionary.com, please correct it. Thank you.

  28. Avrom -  December 5, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    Yeah, Bryan, we’re all so impressed by your dumb little Spanish lesson. Who cares, it’s just Spanish with funny letters and trilled R’s. Weakly trilled R’s, too. Not strong and manly like the ehr [Р] in Российская Федерация.

    I’ll be impressed when I see Spanish websites spell the capital city of the Russian Federation as Москва instead of their baby-talk Moscú. Yeah, Bryan, that’s read, write and speak! Spanish; whatever. Lame language for lame people; I could make your dopey little twirly doodad ‘n’, but I refuse to. Why? Because I’m a legal immigrant to the USA, that’s why! I refuse to learn Spanish; let the b@st@#%d’s learn English instead. I did it and so can the Spanish-speakers!

    Heck, if I learned to read, write and speak English with a near-perfect General American accent, then anyone can! It just takes the will to do it (and $40,000 for two years of accent-reduction speech therapy). Spanish? нет!

  29. L.T. -  December 5, 2010 - 10:38 am

    An ode to Endorphins. LT

  30. Jim -  December 5, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Some have asked, why create such a pepper? I believe the answer simply stems from the curiosity of the botanist. Scientists always seek the truth and wonder can it be done? Well, it was done in this case. And, no doubt, sometime in the future, someone else will try to develop (should I say breed?) an even hotter pepper simply to learn if it can be done.

    By the way, I happen to work as a Security Officer at a major hotel/casino on the Las Vegas Strip. We carry pepper spray which uses habenero peppers in a liquid solution as a defensive tool. We, I believe were told habaneros measure 1 million Scoville units. For sure, I can say it’s definitely hot. As part of our training, I endured a swipe of the stuff beneath my eyes and nose so we’d understand its power. Not too bad until instructed to open my eyes which immediately slammed shut, followed by involuntary inhalation. Wow!! I won’t describe the effects in detail. Let me just say all of us who were “swiped” couldn’t wait to wash it off, one even by placing his head in a tilet and flushing I was told, though I didn’t actually see it.

    I can tell you, it definitely will take the fight out of most individuals.

  31. Wrasfish -  December 5, 2010 - 10:08 am

    You don’t eat a pepper like this. You paint its juice on your fenceposts to keep the critters out of your garden.

    There is a tilde on my keyboard, but it’s useful only for esoteric website addresses; there is no way to put it on top of an “n”. I’ll just have to settle for “jalapeno.” Lo siento, mucho.

  32. caleb -  December 5, 2010 - 9:51 am

    this would be great for a challenge on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food

  33. LMao omg -  December 5, 2010 - 9:01 am

    WOW HOT!!

  34. Athena -  December 5, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble (whoever wrote this piece) but the so-called “Naga Viper” seems like just another pretentious neologism constructed by those who are not really familiar with the history and peculiarity of this pepper. The pepper only and specifically grows in the north-east regions of India (most Indians in the mainstream regions probably have never tasted it or heard of its existence for that matter). “North-East India” as it is popularly called comprises of 7 Indian states. Only 3-4 states out of the 7 are original homes for this pepper. It is commonly called “Bhut Jolokia” in the state of Assam, “Raja Marcha” in Nagaland, and “U Morok” in Manipur. I’ve lived in the U.S. as well as in India and have had the chance to survey and taste variety of peppers (being an avid spice aficionado); and I can vouch that the peppers in the West do not stand a chance against this titan of all chillies!!

  35. Rick -  December 5, 2010 - 8:44 am

    American chemist named Wilbur Scoville? but could be from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, etc. America is a continent not a country.

  36. Sean Phillips -  December 5, 2010 - 8:32 am

    I’ll be harvesting my first crop next month. I have 17 healthy plants and will be selling seeds, myself.

  37. andrew hubbard -  December 5, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Thanks for the Spanish lesson, Bryan. Now get a life.

  38. brian alvarado -  December 5, 2010 - 8:23 am

    could we buy these chiles in the market and if not wher can we find some?

  39. kurikun -  December 5, 2010 - 8:13 am

    wow im gd with spicy fds i wonder wat’l happen to me if i eat something That HOT!! XD

  40. Jack Cervantes -  December 5, 2010 - 8:01 am

    I thought it was named after the Indian deities.

  41. Peter O'Connor -  December 5, 2010 - 7:23 am

    @pepper aficionado, Most European countries use piquant or a variation of that. Works for me. Is that tortilla piquant enough for you dear??

  42. karen -  December 5, 2010 - 6:39 am


  43. JD -  December 5, 2010 - 3:12 am

    What the……………… Why on God’s green earth would anyone want to eat a chili pepper that freaking hot!? And who has so much time on their hands other then some bloat in England to cross breed 3 different hot chili peppers?……I’m thinking no one or, it would have been tried by now lol.

  44. Glenn -  December 5, 2010 - 1:07 am

    You got the Naga part so wrong. You should fix it. The “Naga’ here is not the Sanskrit “naga” (not capitalized). This Naga refers to the people of Nagaland and has nothing to do with snake or India. Naga, which is a Sino-Tiberto word, actually means “people with pierced ears.” India has a dirty little war going on in this part–genocide, military occupation, land grabbing etc.. And people from Nagaland will kill you if you call them Indians.

  45. Joe Chen -  December 4, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    sounds HOT!!!

  46. DavidLD -  December 4, 2010 - 11:23 pm

    “what woulb be a right adjective to describe such an extreme hot food?”

    Huummm …. I’m not finding anything right off the bat. Let’s see …. AHH!! GOT IT!! And just so happens to be a somewhat common word …..

    ….. “Suicidal”.

    The only other phrase which kept popping up during my short meditation was, “Gotta be brainless to try one of those”.

  47. Nick McGoldrick -  December 4, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    i think the writer of this article gave you one, and i checked up on it to see if it could be used as an adjective and came out as -piquant-.

  48. CosmicChuck -  December 4, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    I love raw habañeros, Dave’s Insanity Salsa and Super Insanity Sauce. Jalapeños are good for a mild pepper, anything less is pretty much “cold” too me. So, something that surpasses the habañero sounds quite appealing. Should make for a pretty strong endorphin rush that should help cover up my arthritis-related pain.

  49. DDB -  December 4, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    So what is the purpose of having a pepper so hot that it is pretty much in-edible? I like spicy foods, but only when it adds to the flavor. Not when it practically kills me.

  50. grizzle -  December 4, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    you don’t describe these peppers with an adjective, you describe them with a verb: RUN!

  51. Michael Dadona -  December 4, 2010 - 8:37 pm


    What a good learning day for me to take for today, first time heard about ” Scoville scale” after living in this world for 49 years and 18 days. Thank you hotword|dictionary for sharing this informative note.


    Last time I eat more red chilli compare to green chilli. But, after I’d learned about chlorophyll level much more contained in green chilli, I turned to a new leaf since five years ago for green chilli. Green chilli consists of more Vitamin C, too (I’m told).


    As an American living as an expatriate in South East Asia country since Dec. 2006, I found the term/name NAGA commonly used by orients (Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia) in their daily local spoken language understood as DRAGON.

    • Nivedita Chakraborty -  December 5, 2016 - 7:10 pm

      The word Naga is a short form of Nagaland, a state in the north east of India

  52. Bob Williams -  December 4, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    You could say the “Naga Viper” has alot of BITE to it xDDD lolz

  53. Hi there -  December 4, 2010 - 8:14 pm

    Bryan… get a life. This is dictionary.com not diccionario.com.

  54. sprode -  December 4, 2010 - 7:53 pm

    So the Ghost Pepper has been overthrown by a bastard pepper… from England?

    There should be an asterisk though because the NV boosted.

  55. wyatt hurtz -  December 4, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    No way. Try a hawaiian chile pepper and get back to me.

  56. May -  December 4, 2010 - 7:38 pm

    where might I be able to find these guys

  57. ochoo -  December 4, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    the right adjective????

    how about nasty nonedible atomic toxic waste throat choker…

  58. N. Banta -  December 4, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    That is just to HOT!!! In my opinion a hot pepper coming from a snowing/freezing location is peculiar… Shouldn’t it come from the areas in the middle east or asia?

  59. Ryan -  December 4, 2010 - 7:24 pm


  60. omar -  December 4, 2010 - 7:14 pm

    jeez, its just a stoopid pepper

  61. big mike -  December 4, 2010 - 6:31 pm

    Wow, we now know there is pepper spray and good peppers in local market but get real ,,,,,Why do you want to kill someone with such pepper?…is there some use for such or will it be used for personnal defense ? I only ask….?

  62. pepper aficionados -  December 4, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    Spicy foods are not only nutritious but also pleasing to a palate, but getting addicted to a stimulation of a taste more than needed would bring out adverse effect on bodies.

    Addiction becomes a problem when a behavior gets in one’s way of everyday’s normal life.

  63. bonbonjovi -  December 4, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    yeah, what metallica lover said

  64. metallicalover4000 -  December 4, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    whats the point of this pepper if you cant eat it?

  65. pepper aficionados -  December 4, 2010 - 4:32 pm

    what woulb be a right adjective to describe such an extreme hot food?

  66. susan ryks -  December 4, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    can you purhase these new hot peppers.

  67. Bryan H. Allen -  December 4, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Come now! You can spell j-a-l-a-p-e-ñ-o correctly! ¿Por qué no? ¿Cómo? ¿Porque Uds. piensan que esa palabra es exclusivamente inglés? Pero ¡no es!

    Actually, Dictionary.com does show the word jalapeño. However, the correct IPA transcription is xalaˈpeɲo, and certainly not xalaˈpenyo (as shown, instead of xalaˈpenjo). (Spanish does not have the upper-front labialized vowel, you know.)

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  69. Emi -  December 4, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Wow. I can’t even eat spicey salsa without tearing up pretty bad.

  70. hotmama -  December 4, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Where can I get the seeds??

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