The winner of the Guinness World Records is the Carolina Reaper HP22B with 2,200,000 on the Scoville scale.
As you know, the chilli is a very healthy food. In fact, it is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help you stay young. It is also excellent at combatting colds and in some cases can burn fat.
The culprit responsible for the spiciness is Capsaicin (one of the most stable alkaloids in the world; it is very resistant to both high temperatures and aging).
The capsaicin present in chillies is so powerful that it's able to penetrate a normal pair of latex gloves and, if smoked, the vapors can burn you badly.
As a comparison, let's take our Calabrian pepper, which comes in at just 25,000 SHU while the Carolina Reaper, winner of the Guinness World Records 2017, has an average spiciness of 2,200,000 SHU
The old Guinness winner was the Trinidad Moruga scorpion with an average of 2,009,231 SHU
It doesn't seem so strong!
If you take a bite it doesn't seem too strong, but then it starts to burn more and more for several minutes...
With capsaicin, you must take the necessary precautions, be careful not to touch your eyes without having washed your hands. A single chilli is enough to spice up a whole household's meals for a week.
In the history of man, there has never been a pepper so spicy. If you want to learn more about this topic regarding this chilli, you can visit our article dedicated entirely to the Carolina Reaper: Carolina Reaper HP22B where we have gone into more depth on its history.
Even the Italian team of semipeperoncino.it is trying to cross the Carolina Reaper to give life to an even spicier pepper. If all goes well, we can present our product in October.
Personally, with only one Carolina Reaper chilli, I'm set for about two weeks, and I eat a lot of chillies...
If you love super spicy chillies and you're going to grow this fantastic pepper, you have various options:
Buy hot peppers in the street shops specializing in chillies
Farms specialized in cultivation
Purchase online from specialized websites with their own agricultural production
For those who do not have the time or simply want to buy the chillies already ready for use, you can do so in our online store:
Carolina Reaper seeds
Fresh Carolina Reaper
Carolina Reaper minced and ground into powder
Whole Dried Carolina Reaper
Carolina Reaper: History, winning the record, and how to grow it
Happy eating and happy growing!