The American state of South Carolina has a big reputation for the hot summers that they have. Now there is a new claim for heat from the hottest pepper in the world. There is a confirmation that a local producer has developed the world’s hottest pepper.
There has been a new world record for the hottest chilli pepper
Grown by the suitably named Ed Currie from the PuckerButt Pepper Company. Smokin Ed’s Carolina Reaper transfers a standard of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units. Hot pepper confirmed by Guinness World Records as the hottest pepper in the world. The Carolina Reaper’s heat rating beats the former record holder for hottest chili pepper.
The Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” grown by The Chilli Peper Factory, which was rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units in March 2011. The Carolina Reaper is defined as a chili pepper with a fruity and sweet taste and at the same time being the hottest pepper in the world. Having started growing chilies as a hobby over 20 years ago, Ed quit his job last year to concentrate full-time on cultivating his “hottest pepper in the world”.
The world record has been broken by the Carolina Reaper. At the same time, the Carolina Reaper can save cancer patients from dying
His record-breaking Carolina Reaper has been ten years in the making, having meticulously worked on stabilizing and testing the hottest pepper. The hottest pepper in the world is a crossing between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chilies. Ed says his interest in the hottest chillies became more serious after learning that capsaicin had potential as a cancer-fighting drug. There was a discovery which led to him donating one-half of his hot pepper harvest last year to cancer research.”My family dies from cancer a lot,” Ed explains. “So I’ve been researching how not to die.”
To give a good perspective of the Carolina Reaper’s spiciness, a Jalapeno can get anything between 2,500 to 8,000 on the hot pepper scale. While commonly referred to as vegetables, hot peppers are in fact fruit from the plant genus “Capsicum”.
The heat comes from the substance “capsaicin” which is found in all hot peppers. As well as smoking cigarettes, the hot pepper also makes the body produce pleasurable endorphin afterward. Former record holder the Bhut Jolokia pepper registers at just over 800,000 SHU. The hot pepper is potent enough for the Indian military to use it as an ingredient in a counter-terrorism hand grenade used for immobilizing adversaries