World’s Hottest Pepper
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The Carolina Reaper, originally named the HP22B, is a cultivar of chili pepper of the Capsicum chinense species. It is red and has a gnarled, lumpy pod with a tail like a scythe. As of 2013, Guinness has dubbed it as the hottest chilli in the world, surpassing the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”.
Origin and use
Bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse in Fort Mill, the Carolina Reaper has been certified as the world’s hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records since August 7, 2013. The original crossbreed was between a Ghost pepper (a former world record holder) and a red habanero and is named ‘Reaper’ due to the shape of its tail. The official Guinness World Record heat level is 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina. The figure is an average for the tested batch; the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2 million SHU.
At the second Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo on March 30, 2014, Guinness World Records presented this world record. There, an eating competition occurred and Russel Todd won the contest, consuming three Carolina Reapers in 12.23 seconds, a new Guinness record. This record was beaten in September 2014 by Jason McNabb, who finished three peppers in 10.95 seconds.
The pepper has been described as “a good all-rounder to try at home” by UK ethnobotanist James Wong who said that they require temperatures of at least 18-20C and suggested growing in 30-40cm pots to restrict growth and produce fruit sooner. It has been described as having a fruity taste, with the initial bite being sweet and then immediately turning to “molten lava”. When fully ripe, it is typically about the size of a ping-pong ball.
In 2013, Doug Lyon the founder of tortilla chip company Paqui met Currie at an event hosted by the PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina. It was here that Lyon discovered the Carolina Reaper and decided to use it in a tortilla chip. In January 2015, after six months of development on the right combination of seasoning, production began on the tortilla chip. 850,000 peppers were used to season 50,000 Carolina Reaper Madness chips. The chips are sold individually in a coffin shaped box for $4.99. The company has promoted a challenge for people to try the chip and post their reactions on social media for a chance to win a year supply of chips and a GoPro Hero4 camera. 
Wayne Algenio of Jamaica, Queens, broke the world record at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn on April 24, 2016 by eating 22 Carolina Reapers in 60 seconds.
Carolina Reaper Seeds Only
|Seeds Per Pack||10+|
|Scientific Name||Capsicum Chinense|
|Scoville Heat Units||2,200,000 SHU|
|Days to Fruit||90 Days|