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7 Pot Primo: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

7 pot primo pepper

The 7 Pot Primo is a HOT pepper that is known for its long skinny "tail". This distinctive look has made it a favorite among pepper cultivators, who have tried to replicate its look. The 7 Pot Primo is known for its INSANELY hot flavor, which is why so many chili pepper heads enjoy it.

The pepper wasn't invented until the early 2000s, but has since then been extremely popular and is often sought after. With that being said, let's dive into the pepper and see why it is that people love it so much!

What is the 7 Pot Primo Pepper

showing what the 7 pot primo pepper looks like

The 7 Pot Primo is a chili pepper that was created in 2005. It is a hybrid of the Trinidad 7 Pot Pepper and Naga Morich peppers. It was created by Troy Primeaux, (whose nickname was Primo), a horticulturist from Louisiana.






Red (Sometimes Orange or Yellow)


Capsicum Chinese

Scoville Heat Units

1.5 million

How Hot is The 7 Pot Primo

The 7 Pot Primo is one of the hottest peppers in the world, with an average Scoville rating of 1,473,480 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). To put that into perspective, jalapeños have a Scoville rating of just 2,000 – 8,000 SHUs.

So, yeah, this pepper is hot! At this heat level, it's considered a super hot chile pepper and is often compared to the Carolina Reaper, which can reach up to 2 million SHU on the Scoville Scale.

What Does the 7 Pot Primo Taste Like

The 7 Pot Primo has a fruity and floral taste that is intense but also enjoyable. You'll also find hints of nuttiness and earthiness. The pepper is quite powerful though, so you'll want to be careful. If you're looking for a pepper that offers a lot of flavor, the 7 Pot Primo is definitely worth trying... Just be prepared for the heat!

What Does it Look Like

There are several different strains of 7 pot peppers. There is the Yellow, Chocolate, white, Douglah, and Pot Primo. The 7 Pot Primo looks a lot like other 7 pot peppers, with its long skinny tail. The 7 Pot Primo is typically a vibrant red color once it reaches full maturity, however, it can turn either orange or yellow. The pepper can also be lumpy, which is another distinctive feature.

If you're looking for a unique and interesting pepper to grow in your garden, the 7 Pot Primo is definitely worth considering.

chili pepper with a long skinny tail
7 Pot Primo - 1,473,480 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Why is it Called 7 Pot & It's Origin Story

Troy Primeaux began developing the 7 Pot Primo in the early 2000s at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Horticulture Department. He had a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture from ULL. So along with his professors because cultivating this new pepper and they officially released the pepper in 2005. Since then it has become a favorite among chili lovers and pepper growers alike.

Troy Primeaux has discussed on several occasions how he sold his seeds during the early development of the 7 pot primo before its release. Which is where the 7 Pot Primo controversy began.

An interesting controversy between the 7 Pot Primo and the Carolina Reaper, which we won't be covering in this blog. But to give a brief idea, in 2012 when the Carolina Reaper took over as the world's hottest chili pepper, there have been many arguments and discussions on forums that the Carolina Reaper pepper was linked to the 7 pot due to its similar appearance amount other reasons.

Where to Find 7 Pot Primo Products

If you're interested in trying the amazingly delicious but dangerously hot 7 Pot Primo products, there are plenty of choices out there made with the pepper.

Whether you're a hot sauce lover, salsa fanatic, or BBQ enthusiast, here are a couple of products you can try that we recommend:

Sam's Sauce

sam's hot sauce

Sam Sauce is the product of two chiliheads who went a little bit crazy in the kitchen one day. By combining the flavors of Japanese Black Vinegar and Yuzu Vinegar with roasted tomatillos, jalapenos, and the notorious 7-Pot Primo Pepper, this sauce is loaded with FLAVOR and HEAT!

Mikey V's 7 Pot Primo Salsa

Mikey V's 7 pot primo salsa

The First of its kind, Mikey V's 7 Pot Primo Salsa will knock your socks off with its fresh taste and tantalizing heat. With the help of renowned horticulturist Troy Primo, creator of the 7 Pot Primo pepper, and Bill Moore of Bill Moore's Hot & Spicy Product Reviews, we created a delicate salsa NOT intended for delicate mouths, but for those who like to sweat! Try it if you dare!!! Artwork by Brian Clegg & Michael Hidrogo

Burnt Ends Reverse Sear Texas BBQ Sauce

burnt ends reverse sear texas bbq sauce

The Burnt Ends Reverse Sear Texas BBQ Sauce is an in-your-face version of our traditional BBQ sauce. Use it on all of your favorite BBQ meats. 7-pot Primo gives this delicious sauce its initial punch, while Carolina Reaper continues the burn on the back end. This one might still burn tomorrow. Enjoy!

The 7 Pot Primo is a chili pepper that packs a serious punch. With its intense heat and delicious flavor, it's no wonder this pepper has become so popular. If you're looking for a unique and interesting pepper to grow in your garden or to add to your collection of hot sauces, the 7 Pot Primo is definitely worth considering.

Just be prepared for that heat!


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