Did you know that the Carolina Reaper held the title for the world’s hottest chili pepper until 2023?
This fiery pepper was developed by Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina, USA. In 2013, the Guinness World Records officially declared the Carolina Reaper as the hottest chili pepper, surpassing its predecessor, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. But on August 23, 2023, it was beaten by the Pepper X (2.69 million SHU), also bred by Currie.
The Carolina Reaper averages over 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a measure of spiciness in peppers. To put this into perspective, a jalapeño typically ranges from 2,500 to 8,000 SHU. The intense heat of the Carolina Reaper comes from its high concentration of capsaicin, the compound responsible for the sensation of spiciness. the pepper is red and gnarled, with a bumpy texture and small pointed tail.
While some adventurous eaters enjoy the thrill of consuming spicy foods, caution is advised when handling or tasting the Carolina Reaper. It’s essential to be aware of the potential health risks associated with extremely spicy peppers, including digestive discomfort and, in extreme cases, adverse reactions. Whether you’re a spice enthusiast or prefer milder flavors, the world of chili peppers offers a diverse range of options to suit every palate.