Carolina Reaper – HP22B

Smokin Ed’s Carolina Reaper

– The World’s Hottest Pepper –

The Carolina Reaper was originally named the HP22B, and was created in Rock Hill, South Carolina by Ed Currie. It was certified as the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness World Records on August, 7th 2013. The pepper was originally created by crossing the Ghost Pepper, with a red Habanero.

The official average heat rating, as stated by Guinness, is 1,569,300 Scoville. With peak Scoville levels going as high as 2,200,000 Scoville. The Reaper has a sweet and fruity flavor, and is championed by many for it’s great flavor and taste. It is a relatively small chile pepper, with most specimens only reaching a size just larger than a ping pong ball. But don’t let it’s size fool you – it will devastate the strongest and toughest without breaking a sweat.

If you’re looking for pods, you can find them either fresh (summer & fall) or dried (winter & spring) here:

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History:

The story starts back in the 90’s. During those years, you would’ve found Ed Currie running from his house, to his friends houses, and back again, taking care of all his chile pepper plants. Due to health issues that ran in his family, Ed had taken an interest in hot peppers, in an effort to prevent heart disease and cancer.

This hobby grew larger and larger, till he had nearly a thousand plants growing during the year. The peppers from these plants found their way into jellies, salsa, and hot sauces, which were praised by his friends, colleagues, and family. Eventually, he and his wife decided that they needed a more consistent outlet for Ed’s creations. Shortly afterward they started Puckerbutt Pepper Company!

 

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