Have you heard of the Carolina Reaper? It’s the hottest pepper in the world, and it’s described as a beautiful fruit hiding a package of evil inside.
Since the 1980s, Ed Currie (yes, ironic isn’t it) has made it his mission to create the world’s hottest pepper. He’s been mixing and matching peppers from all over the world in pursuit of his mouth-destroying dream.
Currie made the Carolina Reaper from a pepper he got from Saint Vincent and a pepper he got from Pakistan.
In 2013, the Guinness World Book of Records awarded the Carolina Reaper the title of the hottest pepper in the world.
Just how hot is it? Out of this world hot. Currie aptly compared the other hot peppers – like the Thai chilli, habanero and ghost chilli – to roller-skates and the Carolina Reaper to a space shuttle.
To put it in perspective: You’ll need about 600 habaneros to match one Carolina Reaper. OK, fair enough, that sounds hot.
Currie isn’t done though. He says his body gets used to the heat and he’s constantly trying to create a chilli that will be even hotter. He uses a straightforward crossbreeding technique and manual labour.
So far, his technique has worked wonders. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
Watch the Wired video below to see how the hottest pepper in the world is made.
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