With its humid subtropical climate, the American state of South Carolina has a reputation for its hot summers, but it now has a new claim to fame for heat, with confirmation that a local producer has developed the world’s hottest chilli.
Grown by Ed Currie, Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper (formerly known as HP22B) delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a figure now confirmed by Guinness World Records. It has said to peak at 2.2 million SHU's.
It is a hybrid between a Habanero and Naga Viper, both of the Capsicum chinense family. The Carolina Reaper’s heat rating beats the former record holder for most fiery chilli, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T", which was rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) in March 2011. The Carolina Reaper is described as having a fruity, sweet taste with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate undertones, as well as being hot.