It was widely believed for years that the Habanero pepper was the hottest pepper in the world. In the year 2000, the Ghost Pepper made its way to the US from its home in India, and challenged the Habanero’s dominance over chili peppers everywhere. In 2007, the Ghost Pepper won a major victory when The Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the hottest chili pepper in the world. If you’ve been looking for an extremely hot pepper for all of your spiciest recipes, the Ghost Pepper won’t let you down. Just be careful – it earned its name because the heat doesn’t hit you right away, it sneaks up on you once you’ve had a few bites. In other words, keep a piece of bread and a glass of milk nearby when you eat anything with Ghost Pepper in it.

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