Pepper X has a staggering 2.69 million Scoville units
Guinness World Records has announced the world’s new hottest pepper. It’s the dreaded Pepper X with a terrifying 2,693,000 units on the Scoville scale.
You can hardly imagine how hot that is, but give it a try – the world’s hottest pepper ever, the Carolina Reaper, scores almost twice as low at 1.64 million on the Scoville scale.
Jalapeño has between 3,000 and 8,000 Scoville units, Tabasco sauce 2,500 to 5,000, and Sriracha 1,000 to 2,500.
The police spray is 1.6 million units, and the one against bears – 2.2 million.
The new killer pepper was bred by the American Ed Curry. He is the founder of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company, whose work is also the hottest pepper in the world – the Carolina Reaper.
The very result of the literally dangerous product was measured by Winthrop University in South Carolina.
Lifecafe Web, salt and alcohol
The Scoville scale for spiciness of peppers measures the concentration of capsaicin, the hot substance in them. However, it is not contained in their seeds, as is often believed, but in the so-called placenta – the membrane that holds them, notes the Guinness World Records.
And Pepper X is pretty wrinkled, which means there’s more room for that mellow tissue to grow.
Ed Curry has cultivated his new achievement for over 10 years, crossing it with some of the world’s hottest peppers to increase the amount of capsaicin.
He claims that trying such a pepper cannot kill a person, but it leads to agony and prolonged pain.
“I felt the heat for three and a half hours. Then the cramps started,” Ed Curry told the AP. He is also one of the five people in the world who ate a whole pepper.
“The cramps are terrible. I lay in the rain for about an hour, moaning in pain,” he explains of the effect.
However, he plans to continue with the hybrids in search of a new record.
Photo: YouTube/First We Feast