The Carolina Reaper, originally named the HP22B, is a cultivar of the Capsicum chinense plant.
Bred by cultivator Ed Currie, who runs PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina the Carolina Reaper is an absolutely amazing pepper. It has a sweet chocolate-cherry under tone with a hint of citrus. It’s as tasty as it is hot. And is it HOT! The Carolina Reaper was rated as the world’s hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records according to 2012 tests, averaging 1,569,300 SHU on the Scoville scale with peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU.
These little peppers are fiery red with a little scythe shaped tail at the base of each fruit, hence the name reaper. The heat rating on these monsters is 1,569,300 Scovilles, in comparison the spicy habanero is a mere 100,000 scovilles!
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.