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Carolina Reaper pepper crowned the world's hottest pepper
upi. ^ | Dec. 27, 2013 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 12/27/2013 9:07:41 AM PST by JoeProBono

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the hottest peppers in the world are the Carolina Reaper peppers grown in South Carolina by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co.

Currie spent more than four years working with students at Winthrop University to alter a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and give it more zip. During tests at Winthrop, the Reaper averaged just shy of 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units. To put that in perspective, a standard jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale.

The previous record holder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, was measured by New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute with a mean of more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units.

Those are just the averages…

The hottest batch of Currie's peppers, code named HP22B -- Higher Power, Pot No. 22, Plant B -- clocked in at 2.2 million on the Scoville scale.

Currie sells Carolina Reaper seeds and hot sauces on the PuckerButt Pepper website. With names like “I Dare You Stupit” and “Purgatory,” Currie makes it fairly obvious he isn’t kidding about the heat.

This warning also helps to clarify that it might be wise to think twice before trying one of these sauces at home:

“After touching or handling hot peppers always remember to wash your hands with a product containing acidity such as lime or lemon juice. Some of our peppers are smokin’ hot and if not properly handled will temporarily damage skin tissue. When sharing your hot peppers with others, please let them know to use with caution.”


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1 posted on 12/27/2013 9:07:41 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I like spicy food as much as just about anyone, but this race to create the world’s hottest chili pepper is getting ridiculous. As it is, I’ve subjected myself to plenty of discomfort simply by using store-bought habaneros.


2 posted on 12/27/2013 9:11:01 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: greeneyes; who knows what evil?; JRandomFreeper; Marcella; Diana in Wisconsin

Ping.


3 posted on 12/27/2013 9:11:58 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Yeah seriously, who would ever eat that?


4 posted on 12/27/2013 9:12:37 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Merry Christmas Everyone . . .)
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To: JoeProBono

sheesh! what can you do with it? i cooked a quarter of a habanero, which only falls 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville scale, and i choked my family out of the house... and we like heat in our food...


5 posted on 12/27/2013 9:13:07 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

It’s a novelty, an I-dare-you sort of thing. Very few actually use them in cooking, and sparingly at that.


6 posted on 12/27/2013 9:13:27 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: JoeProBono

I really doubt that the Reaper is any hotter than the Cili found in the Philippines and other SE Asian areas.


7 posted on 12/27/2013 9:14:24 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
It has been my experience that these “stunt” peppers are all heat and even when used in moderation have no flavor. If heat is all I wanted I'd stab my tongue with a soldering iron.
8 posted on 12/27/2013 9:15:05 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I totally expect new peppers to start giving off visible light by the time they reach 5 million units. And somebody will before long.


9 posted on 12/27/2013 9:15:10 AM PST by servo1969
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To: latina4dubya

I make a nice habanero pineapple salsa. I put two habaneros and four jalapenoes. Its yummy


10 posted on 12/27/2013 9:18:03 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JoeProBono

I want the spray version.


11 posted on 12/27/2013 9:19:11 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I love a sprinkle of dried habenero flakes on a slice of garlic chicken pizza. Wonderful flavor.


12 posted on 12/27/2013 9:20:13 AM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

13 posted on 12/27/2013 9:21:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: All

any pepper or pepper sauce that requires a legal release and can’t be cooked without using a respirator mask with eye protection and neoprene gloves might not be a good idea.


14 posted on 12/27/2013 9:21:27 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: CrazyIvan
It has been my experience that these “stunt” peppers are all heat and even when used in moderation have no flavor.

True dat. This half-cajun boy stops at the habanero level of heat and deliciousness. Anything beyond that is another increase in endorphins. Now I grew up with Tabasco on the table and fiery gumbo and jambalaya, so I like the heat. mmm mmm mmm

15 posted on 12/27/2013 9:24:20 AM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: rightly_dividing

Look at these peppers..1.5 million scoville units..


16 posted on 12/27/2013 9:24:20 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: JoeProBono
That's the most hateful, angry looking pepper I have ever seen! I imagine that you would evaporate all of the water out of your commode when it came time to "pass" the seeds... Never mind the toilet paper, you better keep a fire extinguisher and burn ointment handy!

I'll stick with my jalapenos.

17 posted on 12/27/2013 9:25:21 AM PST by bayliving
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I like spicy food too but only to a point. I can’t understand why someone would be willing to eat something that’s so hot it could cause tissue damage and extreme pain...going in and coming out!


18 posted on 12/27/2013 9:26:39 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: CrazyIvan
...all heat and ... no flavor.

I have to agree. I like spicy food (within reason) but there's a point where too much heat overwhelms my taste buds, numbing them.

After that it doesn't matter what you're eating, it tastes like nothing at all.

Unfortunately my rectum doesn't get numb, so eventually I pay heavily for the spice my mouth was too numb to enjoy...

19 posted on 12/27/2013 9:27:01 AM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: newnhdad
any pepper or pepper sauce that requires a legal release and can’t be cooked without using a respirator mask with eye protection and neoprene gloves might not be a good idea.

Exactly. These people should stop messing around with these sissy peppers. They should just eat hot coals and wash it down with sulfuric acid.

20 posted on 12/27/2013 9:28:11 AM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: driftdiver

Serranos actually get me worse than habaneros. Just an unrelenting hotness about those little suckers. Especially when really fresh.


21 posted on 12/27/2013 9:33:22 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: bayliving

Here in Seattle there is a sea salt company that uses the Bhut Jolokia, or ghost pepper, in one of their salts. They also have various habanero and jalapeno salts.

With the ghost pepper, they use masks in the factory when they mix it with the salt. I like that one because one can add a lot of heat with a little salt to various soups and stews.

Generally, though, I prefer my standard red Tabasco sauce. Never got into the greens and other Tabascos that company makes.


22 posted on 12/27/2013 9:34:28 AM PST by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: JoeProBono

¡Ay, Carumba!


23 posted on 12/27/2013 9:37:46 AM PST by onedoug
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To: FlJoePa

I’m a wuss. I can’t even stand poblanos.


24 posted on 12/27/2013 9:38:04 AM PST by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: driftdiver

sounds delish... are the habaneros raw or roasted?


25 posted on 12/27/2013 9:38:25 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

So long as this effort is not government (taxpayer) subsidized (Winthrop College?), let the race go, it hurts only those who subject themselves to it. Besides it gets that title back here in the good ol’ USA from India’s Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper!

My real question is what does this do for morning breath?


26 posted on 12/27/2013 9:41:23 AM PST by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: JoeProBono

All being used for weapons, I presume?


27 posted on 12/27/2013 9:42:12 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." - George Orwell)
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To: JoeProBono

I thought the “Ghost” chili pepper was commonly known as the hottest. Not on this list?


28 posted on 12/27/2013 9:42:21 AM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: FlJoePa
Serranos actually get me worse than habaneros. Just an unrelenting hotness about those little suckers. Especially when really fresh.

serranos are my favorite of the chilis... i use it in guacamole, scrambled eggs, salsa... love it raw and roasted...

29 posted on 12/27/2013 9:43:44 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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30 posted on 12/27/2013 9:45:51 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: CrazyIvan
If heat is all I wanted I'd stab my tongue with a soldering iron.

And with that in mind, Happy Kwanzaa everybody.

31 posted on 12/27/2013 9:51:42 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: JoeProBono

Went to a house party with a bunch of coworkers. The host suggested we stay away from this white Chinese sauce. One of the guys went up and scooped up about half spoonful and ate it.

I took a little on my tongue and had heat flashes. I describe my tolerance as “normal.”

Coworker said he had always had a high tolerance for peppers and spice as did his grandfather.

Never did remember the name of the pepper or the sauce but it was white.


32 posted on 12/27/2013 9:53:26 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: JoeProBono

I’m buddies with Sammy Hagar’s kid, Aaron. Two years ago, I stopped into his bar to say ‘hi’. He said, ‘Hey, you like hot sauce, right?”. I said, “Oh, yeah. Can’t be too hot.” He then told me that he made a special batch for Michael Anthony because he was going to visit Tahoe for the weekend, but - unfortunately - couldn’t make it. He asked if I wanted it for my wings, adding “but it’s wickedly hot!”. Well, I cockily replied “Bring on this Rock Star wussy’s ‘hot sauce’! Puhlease!”.

Aaron brought out some wings with the sauce in a wimpy side cup. “Seriously? This is it?” My other friend bolstered my bravado and told Aaron “You haven’t seen Billy down blazing sauce, have you?” Aaron said “well, this will beat anything he’s tried...be warned.”

So, predictably, I downed a half shot of it, to try and put the Van Halen idol to shame. Yeah, Aaron went to get the milk and Blue cheese dressing before I had a chance to start crying. I was in hell for twenty minutes and had a revisit of the pain the next morning, on the exit.

For you sauce lovers who have my bravado, stop in to Cabo Wabo in Tahoe and see if they have any of Anthony’s sauce on hand...but do a pinky dip, first.


33 posted on 12/27/2013 9:57:41 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
...but this race to create the world’s hottest chili pepper is getting ridiculous.

No kidding. Jalapeno is about as crazy as I need to get. Some drunk idiot will take a dare, eat one of those things and die. Just a matter of time.

34 posted on 12/27/2013 10:02:37 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

35 posted on 12/27/2013 10:02:40 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Lol - Awesome! I was in the first table to the right, just outside the pic, facing that exact direction as tears fogged up the neon. How embarrassing. Ha!


36 posted on 12/27/2013 10:05:21 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: KarlInOhio

37 posted on 12/27/2013 10:05:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

The hottest I have ever experienced was eating a simple green bell pepper, and Italian sausage, while watching the election returns in the last election.. PuckerButt, indeed.. :)


38 posted on 12/27/2013 10:06:49 AM PST by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: JoeProBono

I like the taste of what I eat.

I don’t care to scald my taste buds.

I also enjoy taking my Obama without scalding my wookie.


39 posted on 12/27/2013 10:07:46 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: rightly_dividing

There is discussion of your ghost peppers on this thread.


40 posted on 12/27/2013 10:12:34 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: pgkdan

I like to hear the sizzle sound coming from the water in the toilet bowl as you’re taking a dump. Don’t do it outdoors ‘cause you might set the grass on fire.


41 posted on 12/27/2013 10:15:59 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: ZOOKER

Indeed...burns at BOTH ends. What a rush.


42 posted on 12/27/2013 10:20:53 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Black Agnes

We are finally offering the ‘Ghost’ pepper through Jung Seed. I’ve restocked TWICE already.

These people are friggin’ NUTS! You could build a nuclear bomb wid dat chit, LOL!


43 posted on 12/27/2013 10:21:19 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Hoodat

44 posted on 12/27/2013 10:22:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder if he grows giant, flavorless squash also.


45 posted on 12/27/2013 10:22:50 AM PST by alien_in_nm
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To: Track9
“I want the spray version.”

For defense?

46 posted on 12/27/2013 10:24:55 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: alien_in_nm

47 posted on 12/27/2013 10:26:01 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

LOL. The deer ate all my habaneros this year even. They left the truly incindiary stuff alone though.

I’ve got some lightening peppers, scorpions and ghost peppers in my garage in pots right now.

In your part of the country they’ll have a devil of a time getting ripe peppers. In my experience the ghosts and scorpios don’t make around here till the end of August and that’s with our massive amounts of heat units. Although, even the green ones are hot hot hot.


48 posted on 12/27/2013 10:29:37 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Daffynition

49 posted on 12/27/2013 10:34:03 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

My wife is from Mexico, and she and some folks on her father’s side REALLY like to eat hot stuff - to the point where their eyes are tearing and the noses are running. The wife usually cannot find anything hot enough at local restaurants, and I’ve taken to telling the waiters and waitresses to just get some battery acid and put it on her food.

However, she will only dabble a bit with the ghost peppers, as they’re 5 times hotter than the habaneros that most normal people (like me) think are alien chemical weapons from Hell. Can’t wait to tell her about these evil little sumbitches.


50 posted on 12/27/2013 10:36:24 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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