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Carolina Reaper

Carolina Reaper Carolina Reaper

With a Guinness-submitted 1,569,383 SHU (scoville heat units) average and recently measured peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU, SMOKIN’ ED’S CAROLINA REAPER® has officially completed its long journey to the top of “super-hot” chili charts.

What is the Carolina Reaper Chili Pepper?

This is an extremely hot variety developed by a grower named Ed Currie. It is also called HP22B pepper. As of 2013 it is over 7 generations old. Ed created this chili pepper plant variety by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero type from St Vincents Island in the West Indies.

The flavor is fruity and similar to a 7 Pot chili pepper. The Carolina Reaper can grow to a height over 4 feet tall.

How Hot is the Carolina Reaper?

As the hottest chili pepper in the world currently, the heat range is listed from 1,400,000 Scoville heat units to a blazing 2,200,000.


  • Comment Link sheldon morgan February 22, 2017 posted by sheldon morgan

    Are you guys getting your carolina reaper stock from puckerbutt growers in south carolina?

    REPLY: Sheldon, no, I grew them from seed. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link A Worthy December 07, 2015 posted by A Worthy

    Each summer I purchase one of each: habanero, jalapeno, tabasco, and Thai chili peppers. Though they are too hot for my consumption, I share them with relatives and friends, but keep a few to make pickled relish.

    I live in the DMV area and usually purchase plants at the local Home Depot, Lowes, etc.; I have never seen any of this variety or any of the other hottest peppers on the list in the stores. Where are the plants available?

    REPLY: Annie, you can find seeds or order these types of peppers online. I hope to set up a resource page soon. Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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