Carolina Reaper

Heat 9/10

1,569,300 to 2,200,000 on the Scoville scale.

The Carolina Reaper is a capsicum cultivar of the species Capsicum chinense and, from 2013 to 2017, the strongest pepper in the world before obtaining the pepper x chilli.

Originally named "HP22BNH", it is cultivated by Ed Currie, who runs the PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina (south-eastern United States).

There is nothing normal about this pepper because it was bred for heat and that it is. Oddly enough this pepper has excellent flavor as well.

The cross-breed is between a "really nastily hot" La Soufriere pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and a Naga pepper from Pakistan, and is named 'Reaper' due to the shape of its tail.

It has been described as having a fruity taste, with the initial bite being sweet and then immediately turning to "molten lava”.

In 2017, the creator of the Carolina Reaper claimed to have bred a stronger pepper of 3.18 million SHUs. The pepper, known as “Pepper X” until its final trade name is chosen.

© 2018 Wessel Woortman

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