Have you heard of the world's hottest pepper? If not, let us introduce you to the Carolina Reaper, recognized by the Guinness World Record as the world's hottest chili pepper. Keep reading and learn how to grow a superhot chili.
The Carolina Reaper (Capsicum chinense cultivar) was developed by Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company in South Carolina, USA. It earned its title as the world's hottest pepper in 2013, surpassing the previous record holder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. The heat level of the Carolina Reaper averages over 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU), making it a true powerhouse of spiciness.
The pepper plant can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. It bears smaller bright red pods of chili 2 inches wide (2.5-5 cm) and 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) long. Apart from being extremely hot, the Carolina Reaper bears a fruity and sweet taste.