The Carolina Reaper has officially been dethroned as the world's hottest pepper. According to the Associated Press, PuckerButt Pepper Company founder and chili expert Ed Currie has spent the last decade working on Pepper X, a chili that emits "instant heat".
The chili pepper named "Pepper X" entered the Guinness Book of World Records. It was stated that the seeds of the pepper will not be sold, but will be sold as hot sauce.
Ed Currie, a South Carolina-based pepper expert and founder of the PuckerButt Pepper Company, had been working on a chili pepper that emits "instant heat" for a long time. Currie's "Carolina Reaper" was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest pepper. This chili reached 1 million 641 thousand hotness on the Scoville scale.
The hotness rating of "Pepper X" is 2 million 690 thousand units. The Scoville scale, which measures the hotness of chilies, was invented by Wilbur Scoville in 1912.
"It was a total team effort. We knew we were doing something special. I only told my family and close friends what we were doing," Curie said.
Currie is one of five people who tasted the chili.
"I felt the pain for three and a half hours, then the contractions started. The cramps were terrible. I lay on a marble floor. I stood in the rain for about an hour, I was in pain,” he said.
Source: Associated Press