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Scoville Heat Units:1,400,000 – 2,200,000 SHUCapsicum Chinense
What is the Carolina Reaper Chili Pepper?
This is an extremely hot chili pepper developed by a grower named Ed Currie, and is currently the hottest pepper in the world. It is also called HP22B pepper. As of 2013 it was over 7 generations old. Ed created this chili pepper plant variety by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero type from St Vincents Island in the West Indies. It was bred in South Carolina and tested at over 2.2 Million Scoville Heat Units (with an aveerage of 1,641,000 SHU) by Winthrop University.
The flavor is fruity and similar to a 7 Pot chili pepper.The Carolina Reaper can grow to a height over 4 feet tall.
It is currently listed at the hottest pepper in the world by the Guinness World Records.
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Where Can I Buy Carolina Reaper Seeds and Plants?
Check out Ed’s store at The Puckerbutt Pepper Company, or check out my Chili Pepper Plants and Seeds Resources page. Also, here is a link to Amazon (affiliate link, my friends!) – Buy Carolina Reaper Seeds.
Common Questions about the Carolina Reaper
Here are some common questions related to the Carolina Reaper.
Can Eating a Carolina Reaper Kill You?
No, eating Carolina Reapers or other superhot chili peppers will not kill you. However, it is possible to overdose on capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot. One would need to eat more than 3 pounds of reapers to achieve this. There have been reports of people ending up in the hospital in extreme situations after eating reapers, particularly those with previous medical conditions. There is also the story of a man who burned a hole in his esophagus from eating super hot peppers, but that is not entirely true.
The truth is that the hole was formed from vomiting after he ate a burger with ghost pepper puree. While it is true that eating extremely hot peppers can cause vomiting, nausea and stomach pain, the reality is that they cannot tear or burn through any of your body parts.
Is There a Pepper Hotter Than the Carolina Reaper?
While no peppers have been officially listed by Guinness as being hotter than the reaper, some peppers have been claimed to be hotter. One report listed the Dragon’s Breath Pepper at 2,483,584 SHU, though it is most likely a hoax. Also, Pepper X, another pepper cultivated by Ed Currie, is reported to reach 3.18 Million SHU.
Would You Eat a Reaper?
Absolutely! I regularly eat reapers, though I respect them enough to use them sparingly. I have once taken a solid bite of a whole reaper and can attest that the heat is extreme. My mouth flamed and eyes watered, and it took at least 30 minutes for the heat to subside. When I normally eat reapers, I cook them into foods, use them for making hot sauces, or dehydrate them for making chili powders, which is how I usually consume them.
I also enjoy making reaper jelly, which works great as a spread or a glaze for grilling meats.
If you’re interested in more superhot chili pepper information, check out my further resources below.
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