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South Carolina Man Ed Currie Grows The Hottest Pepper In The World

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Looking for the worst heart burn on the face of the planet? Try chowing down on the world’s hottest pepper from South Carolina. 

Just last month, The Guinness Book of World Records decided Currie’s Carolina Reaper peppers were the hottest on Earth.

Just think, this red fruit packs a punch of heat nearly as potent as most pepper sprays used by police. According to the Daily Mail, the heat of Currie’s peppers were certified by students (pretty unlucky students) at Winthrop University. These students actually have to test food as part of their undergraduate classes. This class is probably sponsored by Tums or Pepto….

The science of hot peppers centers around chemical compounds called capsaicinoids. The higher concentration the hotter the pepper, said Cliff Calloway, the Winthrop University professor whose students tested Currie’s peppers.

The heat of a pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Zero is bland, and a regular jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale. Currie’s world record batch of Carolina Reapers comes in at 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, with an individual pepper measured at 2.2 million. Pepper spray weighs in at about 2 million Scoville Units.”

Can you imagine even smelling this pepper? You’d probably get an upset stomach just by looking at it.




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