Posted by: Dave DeWitt on Apr 22, 2011
The top seller of live chile bedding plants in the country, Cross Country Nurseries, dba ChilePlants.com, has listed their top five best selling varieties, and it's no surprise that superhots dominate the list.
This position figures because of all the superhots, Bhuts have garnered the most publicity over the past few years, and it doesn't seem to matter that it's been dethroned as the hottest pepper in the world.
Coming on strong is this variety, now generally thought to be the hottest, at the upper levels measuring 1.2 to 1.4 million Scoville Heat Units. It has a better name and a more interesting pod shape.
The third Trinidad variety in a row places in the top 3, showing the remarkable trend of superhots originating in the country of Trinidad & Tobago.
This plant-patented variety is generally thought to be a variation on the 'Red Caribbean' varieties that are spread around the islands. It never tested as hot as 577,000 SHU in any other laboratory tests except the one that got it the Guinness record.
A bit of a surprise in the number 5 position is this yellow variation of the 'Bhut Jolokia', which is becoming a favorite of chile gardeners.
Hats and caps off to Janie and Fernando of Chileplants.com for helping us all out by providing 500 chile varieties. And what am I growing out of all these superhots? Scorpion, of course!