South Carolina Man Grows World’s Hottest Pepper
If you like a little heat to your food, a South Carolina man has the heat for you. Ed Currie of Fort Mill has just grown the world’s hottest pepper.
Just how hot is it? Currie has broken his own world record with a pepper that is three times hotter. It’s called Pepper X and the Guinness Book of World Records says it is THE hottest pepper in the world. Currie is not a stranger to producing hot peppers. His earlier work was the Carolina Reaper which he describes as “immediate and brutal heat.”
So, just how did Currie create the world’s hottest pepper? Currie says he crossbred the Carolina Reaper with another pepper to create Pepper X. He’s careful not to give away his secret. And believe it or not, many have tried he says to figure out his method.
To put the level of heat in perspective, heat peppers are measured in Scoville Heat Units. Bland is zero and a regular jalapeno pepper registers at about 5,000 units. A dash of habanero pepper is close to 100,000 units. And the Carolina Reaper, the pepper Currie created earlier, comes in at 1.64 million units. And Pepper X is considered hotter than that!
Currie, of course, has tasted the Pepper X. He says, “I was feeling the heat for three-and-a-half hours. Then the cramps came.” So far, Currie is one of five people who has tried to eat an entire Pepper X. He says it’s brutal and it had him laid out flat in the rain for an hour. Oddly enough, Currie can’t seem to keep the peppers in stock.