The Red Savina pepper is a cultivar of the habanero chili (Capsicum chinense Jacquin), which has been selectively bred to produce spicier, heavier, and larger fruit, ultimately more potent than its derivative. With a max Scoville score of 577,000 SHU, the Red Savina is almost twice as hot as a standard orange habanero. In February 2007, the Red Savina chili was displaced in Guinness World Records as the hottest chili in the world by the Naga Jolokia pepper (Ghost Pepper) . We recommend beginner growers or beginner pepperheads start their growing journey here because its forgiveness in growing and its “beginner” heat levels. The Red Savina Habanero was selectively bred over generations to produce larger and hotter fruit from the Caribbean Red Habanero. The plant, of the Capsicum Chinense species, has Cuban origins, but its farming is widespread in Mexico, Belize, Texas and finally in California. Since then many other peppers have been discovered and bred to be hotter including the Ghost Pepper and Carolina Reaper. The Red Savina pepper is a cultivar of the habanero chili (Capsicum chinense Jacquin), which has been selectively bred to produce spicier, heavier, and larger fruit, ultimately more potent than its derivative. Frank Garcia of GNS Spices, in Walnut, California, is credited as the developer of the Red Savina, but the exact methodology that Garcia used to select the hottest breeding strains is not publicly known. The Red Savina Habanero was selectively bred over generations to produce larger and hotter fruit from the Caribbean Red Habanero. The Red Savina typically measures 2 inches by 1.5 inches (5 x 3.5cm),[2] and is described by cultivators as a "wrinkled" fruit with a "Chinese lantern" shape. While 500,000 SHU is nothing to scoff at, lets be honest, it’s no where near the Carolina Reaper at 2.2 million SHU. It is one of the easiest Super Hot Pepper Varieties to grow and a very productive plant. Habanero Red Savina Directory: Curiosity & information. The Red Savina Habanero is a legend among pepper growers for its flavor and of course extreme heat. [3] Unlike a conventional orange habanero, the Red Savina is distinctively dark red, and may have been bred using spicy red mutations of habanero. [6], Red Savina peppers were reported to allegedly score upwards of 577,000 on the Scoville scale, but this oft-quoted figure was never officially verified;[1] a group of researchers – including Regents Professor Paul W. Bosland at the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University – conducted a comparison experiment in 2005, which revealed that the Red Savina habanero averages a relative heat level of 248,556 SHUs. The selective breeding of this habanero allowed it to reign the title of the World’s Hottest pepper for 12 years from 1994 to 2006. The Red Savina Habanero pepper was bred to selectively produce a type of pepper that is larger in size, heavier in weight, and hotter in taste. The Habanero Red Savina, also known as Dominician Devil's Tongue Pepper or Ball of Fire is among the hottest peppers in the world. The CPI lists the spiciest Red Savina individuals recorded in their labs as approximately 500,000 SHUs. Red Savina habanero. The fruit. An employee of a spice company, Franck Garcia, researched and developed the Red Savina Habanero pepper. Please leave your valid email address below. The Red Savina held the record from 1994-2006. [5], The Red Savina chili once held the record as the hottest chili in the world (according to the Guinness World Records), but was displaced by the bhut jolokia chili (commonly translated and known as the "Ghost Pepper") in February 2007.