How hot can Carolina Reapers get (in Scoville heat units)?
Carolina Reapers are extreme super-hot chilies, topping out at 2.2 million Scoville heat units.
True or false: Carolina Reapers can be as hot as some commercial pepper sprays.
Commercial pepper sprays typically range from 2 million Scoville heat units (SHU) to 5 million SHU. With the Carolina Reaper at 2.2 million SHU at its height, its max heat reaches the lower end of commercial pepper sprays.
Beyond the incredible heat, what does a Carolina Reaper taste like?
The Carolina Reaper is grown to accentuate its sweetness. It's one of the more flavorful super-hots around. That said, the heat is so high it's hard to taste anything beyond the spiciness. Think of it more as a flavor enhancement.
Who created the Carolina Reaper?
Smokin' Ed Currie, the founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, is the grower behind the Carolina Reaper.
Which is hotter? A ghost pepper or a Carolina Reaper?
The Carolina Reaper is hotter, and it's not even close. Ghost peppers range roughly from 800,000 to 1,000,000 Scoville heat units. Carolina Reapers easily double that heat profile.
What capsicum species is the Carolina Reaper?
Carolina Reapers are chinense, the same capsicum of most super-hot chilies.
Has the Carolina Reaper held an official Guinness world record?
Yes, in 2013 the Carolina Reaper was officially crowned the hottest pepper in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. There are many challengers for this crown, including the Pepper X (another pepper created by Ed Currie) with heat that dwarfs the Carolina Reaper. So while the record stands currently, don't expect it to last.
What country does the Carolina Reaper originate from?
The name is a big hint. Puckerbutt Pepper Company is in the United States - specifically South Carolina. It's the original home of the Carolina Reaper.
During original cultivation, the Carolina Reaper went by a less dramatic name. What was it?
HP22B was the Carolina Reaper's "name" from 2011 until 2013 while it was being cultivated. It stood for "High Power, Pot Number 22, Plant B".
At maximum, how much hotter is the Carolina Reaper than a jalapeño pepper? Choose the hottest that applies.
The Carolina Reaper is typically up to 880 times hotter than a jalapeño - with a range from 175 to 880 times hotter, depending on the heat of each individual pepper tested.