Fans of spicy food certainly know the Carolina Reaper. This chili from South Carolina, United States, has been named the hottest chili for 10 years. But now, this title has been shifted by a new chili from the same area.
Guinness World Records crowned Pepper X as the hottest chili in the world. For comparison, one habanero chili usually reaches 100,000 Scoville heat units (SHU, a measure of hotness), but Pepper X reaches 2.69 million SHU.
According to the Guinness World Records page, this chili was created by breeder and farmer Ed Currie, founder of America’s Puckerbutt Pepper Company. He is also the creator of the Carolina Reaper chili.
Developed over a decade
Currie cultivated Pepper “This was a team effort,” Currie said in a statement. “We knew we had something special, so I just told some of my closest family and friends what was really going on.”
In laboratory tests at Winthrop University in South Carolina, Pepper
In 1912, pharmacist Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville Scale, which measures how many times capsaicin needs to be diluted. Capsaicin is the chemical that gives peppers a burning sensation, which can release dopamine and endorphins into the body.
Hobby of growing chilies
After overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, Currie began growing peppers as a hobby. According to him, paprika is a natural medicine.
Although people tend to believe that pepper flavor comes from the seeds, capsaicin is contained in the placenta, the tissue that stores the seeds. Because of Pepper
Effects of eating whole Pepper
Currie is one of only five people who eats a whole Pepper “I felt hot for three and a half hours. Then the cramps came,” Currie told the Associated Press.
“The cramps were very bad. I was laid against a marble wall for about an hour in the rain, moaning in pain.”
Currie said Pepper
Currie’s attorneys say 10,000 products use the Carolina Reaper name, without permission. So to protect its intellectual property and see profits this time, Pepper X pods and seeds will not be sold. The only way to taste Pepper X is through the hot sauce it sells.