Originally named like some sort of killer virus, HP22BNH, these little bastards were bred by Ed Currie who runs PuckerButt Pepper company in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Bordering as close to the same heat as US law enforcement pepper spray, the reaper may look like a harmless little chilli but beware that these if eaten raw can cause severe stomach pain, throat swelling, profuse sweating and even breathing problems.
|Scoville heat units||Name of pepper|
|855,000–2,199,999||Trinidad Moruga Scorpion,Naga Viper pepper, Infinity Chilli, Naga Morich,Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper), Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper, Bedfordshire Super Naga, Spanish Naga Chili|
|350,000–580,000||Red Savina habanero|
|100,000–350,000||Habanero chili, Scotch bonnet pepper, Datil pepper, Rocoto, Madame Jeanette, Peruvian White Habanero, Jamaican hot pepper, Fatalii Wiri Wiri|
|100,000–225,000||Bird’s eye chili|
|50,000–100,000||Byadgi chilli, Malagueta pepper, Chiltepin pepper, Piri piri, Pequin pepper, Siling Labuyo|
|30,000–50,000||Guntur chilli, Cayenne pepper, Ají pepper, Tabasco pepper, Capsicum chinense|
|10,000–23,000||Serrano pepper, Peter pepper, Chile de árbol,Aleppo pepper, Chungyang Red Pepper|
|3,500–10,000||Chipotle, Guajillo pepper, Espelette pepper, Fresno pepper, Jalapeño, wax (e.g.,Hungarian wax pepper)|
|1,000–4,000||Jalapeño pepper, Anaheim pepper, Gochujang, Pasilla pepper, Peppadew, poblano (or ancho),Poblano verde, Rocotillo pepper|
|100–900||Banana pepper, Cubanelle, paprika, Peperoncini, Pimento,|
As of August 7, 2013, the Carolina Reaper has rated as the world’s hottest chili pepper. Averaging an incredible 1,569,300 on the Scoville scale with intense peak levels recorded over 2,200,000 heat units (SHU). We thought when the Trinidad Scorpion chilli arrived that nothing could be top it but the Carolina Reaper is getting close to the inconsumable level of heat. We know it’s just a matter of time until this record is beaten by another crazy redneck chili farmer.