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14 November 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 1,400,000 – 2,200,000 SHU

With a Guinness-submitted 1,569,383 SHU (scoville heat units) averageand 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. Compared to your average jalapeno pepper, it measures 175 to 880 times hotter.

What Does the Carolina Reaper Taste Like?

Despite the extremely scorching heat of this superhot chili pepper, the Carolina Reaper is surprisingly fruity and sweet. It is outstanding as a dried powder for adding both heat and flavor, and also as a sauce or hot sauce.

Check out this hot sauce recipe that incorporates the Carolina Reaper – The Hottest Damn Hot Sauce I Ever Made. Despite the “tongue in cheek” name, it is a highly flavorful sauce that mellows with age.

Try Some of These Carolina Reaper Recipes

Where Can I Buy Carolina Reaper Plants and Seeds?

Check out Ed’s store at The Puckerbutt Pepper Company, or check out my Chili Pepper Plants and Seeds Resources page.


  1. i don’t think it’s safe for live to bite a pinhead-sized piece off of these..

  2. 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.

  3. 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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