What if the world's hottest chili peppers were superheroes? UK appliance distributor Ship It Appliances has taken it upon themselves to answer this commonly asked question by creating illustrations of several peppers empowered as costumed crime fighters.
From the Carolina Reaper to the Trinidad Scorpion, here are the human superhero embodiments of a variety of spicy peppers (or chillis, as they're called in the UK):
When the Reaper calls: you answer. His searing scythe slices with the ferocity of hell itself – leaving you praying for death. The world’s hottest chilli delivers a deceptively fruity first bite, followed by molten lava. Not one for the faint hearted!
Scoville Rating: 1,400,000 – 2,200,000
Location: South Carolina, USA
Capable of inflicting enduring dizziness and headaches on his enemies, Infinity strikes with a relentless inferno of heat and nausea.The Infinity chilli packs a delayed, yet intense heat which can cause hallucinations on its ‘victims’!
Scoville Rating: 1,067,286 – 1,250,000
Location: Lincolnshire, UK
Fast and flighty, slender yet smouldering – watch out for this winged-wonder’s fiery bird seeds! The small, colourful Bird’s Eye chillies have a lean, tapered shape and a hot, if fleeting, fieriness.
Scoville Rating: 100,000 – 225,000
Location: Ethiopia, SE Asia
This South American sorceress bewitches her victims with her tropical sweetness before unleashing an intense and fiery assault. The Madame Jeanette pepper packs a heat up to 130 times hotter than the jalapeño! The heat starts from the first bite and lasts until way after the last.
Scoville Rating: 125,000 – 325,000
Location: Suriname, South America
Short, stout and savage; this Scotsman has a fiery reputation, with a temper to match! Watch out for his blazing bagpipes! The infamous Scotch Bonnet is a staple of Caribbean cuisine, with a heat similar to the jalapeño.
Scoville Rating: 100,000 – 350,000
Location: The Caribbean
AKA The Orange Crush. Always the good guy; sharp and sweet, but built like a rocket and ready to fight for what’s right when the time comes. A low-heat, super sweet chilli with a distinctive rocket-shape and striking orange colour.
Scoville Rating: 0 – 100
Born out of fire, this tiger’s no pussy cat – she packs a punch so watch her claws! Extra-hot and extra-orange, Tiger Paw chillies are a super-resistant variety of the habanero.
Scoville Rating: 265,000
A small island boy with a big reputation, this boy’s got wicked looks and sting in his tail. Indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago, the Scorpion is named after the pointed end of the pepper, which resembles a scorpion’s stinger.
Scoville Rating: 1,463,700
Location: Trinidad & Tobago