The Carolina Reaper Chilli

Has your diet been a little lacklustre recently? Dare we say, even bland? All the herbs and sauces in the world have been unable to sate that niggling desire for something… out of the ordinary.

Never fear, the Reaper is here!

The Carolina Reaper chilli to be exact. It is the hottest chilli ever grown, a sure-fire way (get it, fire… chilli…) to get your taste buds feeling rejuvenated in the post-Christmas slump. Not convinced? Well, consider this…

The World’s Hottest Chilli

With a whopping 2.2 million on the Scoville scale, the Carolina Reaper is understandably the hottest chilli in the world. The unusual appearance of the chilli is the reason for its name. A gnarled, lumpy, skin is often accompanied with a tail like a scythe.


The chilli was bred initially in, plot twist, Carolina by Ed Currie, the owner of the PuckerButt Pepper Company. He achieved the amazing heat of this pepper because of the crossbreeding of a ghost pepper (a former world’s hottest chilli) and a red habanero pepper.

In 2013, the chilli was given the accolade of hottest in the world by the Guinness World Records. This is not a title that has been surpassed, nor does it seem likely to be anytime soon, as surely any chilli that is hotter than the Reaper would be uneatable!

Fun Facts

There are several amazing facts that surround this particular pepper, some that will blow your mind (even before you try the heat of this pepper)! Fun facts such as:

  • Experts advise to wear gloves when handling the pepper and to not eat it!
  • Do you love Jalapeno peppers – often found on Nachos and pizza? Well, the Reaper is 400 times hotter than the measly 3,500 that a Jalapeno ranks on the Scoville scale.
  • The Reaper is higher on the scale than even military grade pepper sprays.
  • The previous record holder, the Dorset Naga, holds only half of the heat in comparison.
  • The world record for most Reapers eaten is held by Wayne Algenio. This brave soul ate 22 Carolina Reapers in 60 seconds – no doubt he was left with more volcano than mouth!

Here’s a final fun fact: mammals are uniquely affected by the heat of chillies, birds don’t feel any heat at all when they eat a chilli! That doesn’t mean you should be feeding a reaper to your local pigeons, though!

Try Some!

These peppers certainly talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? Find out for yourself! Here at Farraday’s we have developed an amazingly tasty concoction from this pepper, our Weaper Reaper Chilli Sauce is not for the faint of heart! We suggest pairing this with something delicious such as steak, stir fry or even some scrambled eggs to absorb some of the heat.


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  1. The Chili Life

    Nice information and your sauce certainly is interesting. I have, myself, grown the Carolina Reaper and I can just say… They really should be handled with plastic gloves… After making a hot sauce with the Reaper my hands felt like I had accidentally poured hot water on them. Not very pleasant. I also tried one smaaall piece and it was SUPER hot, indeed. Ed Currie may have another, even hotter, pepper now called “Pepper X”.

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