The developer of the Naga Viper pepper, which claimed the record for a short period in 2011, earned US$40,000 in one month from sales of seeds and sauces. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. It was created by Gerald Fowler, who runs the Chili Pepper Company in Cumbria, England. Hot peppers have become a food craze. That pepper could soon earn Currie the Guinness world record for the hottest chili. (CBS News) Super hot peppers can make you sweat, tear up, or even fill with regret. In the Carolina Reaper, you have the blazing up-and-comer that has shocked the world. Currie's so encouraged, he donated half of his pepper harvest last year to cancer research. But Currie's crossbreed of a Sweet Habanero and a Naga Viper created his patented Carolina Reaper - a pepper three hundred times hotter than a jalapeno. And capsaicin is known to bind to a protein on the membrane of certain cells, and in response to this binding, the tumor cell responds by killing itself.". [2] Other varieties may be spicier, such as Dragon's Breath or Pepper X but are not officially confirmed with a Scoville scale higher than the Carolina Reaper. The figure is an average for the tested batch; the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2 million SHU. ", Ed Currie, Breeding the Carolina Reaper, YouTube, 17 July 2017,, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 November 2020, at 09:50. © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. World's hottest chili leads to days of severe headaches", "An unusual cause of thunderclap headache after eating the hottest pepper in the world – "The Carolina Reaper, "Can a chile pepper really cause an 'incapacitating' headache? The Naga Viper was created in England by chilli farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company in Cark, Cumbria. 1,382,118 SHU. The Naga Viper was created by … Currie told CBS News' Mark Strassmann, "To do it right and get a stable variety takes a lot of work and takes a lot of science. The Naga Viper pepper is a hot chili pepper.In 2011, it was recorded as the "World's Hottest Chili" by the Guinness World Records with a rating of 1,382,118 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), but was surpassed in SHU by the current world record holder the Carolina Reaper in 2017.. [14], For growing, the pepper has been described as "a good all-rounder to try at home" by UK ethnobotanist James Wong, who said that they require temperatures of at least 18–20 °C (64–68 °F) and suggested growing in 30–40 cm (12–16 in) pots to restrict growth and produce fruit sooner. To Currie, creating the world's hottest pepper means more than bragging rights -- it's about survival. It's not just your average backyard stuff.". I fed it to one of the guys who was working for me for free and he got violently ill immediately. The sensory heat or pungency detected when eating a Carolina Reaper derives from the density of capsaicinoids, particularly capsaicin, which relates directly to the intensity of chili pepper heat and Scoville scale. Die Carolina Reaper ist eine Zuchtform der Paprika-Art Capsicum chinense. Five hundred times … The crossbreed is between a "really nastily hot" La Soufriere pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and a Naga Viper pepper from Pakistan, and is named 'Reaper' due to the shape of its tail. Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the our 24/7 digital news network. Currie, a 49-year-old thyroid and skin cancer survivor, has had seven tumors removed from his body. The average jalapeno, pretty hot to many people, measures about 5,000 Scoville units. This is no longer just, 'maybe we can help someone,' this is 'we have to help someone'.". But the hot pepper's powerful punch may help knock out cancer. [12][13] With no reason to believe pepper compounds had a role in the mechanism of RCVS, other clinical interpretations, such as a stress response from eating such a hot pepper, may explain the headaches. Im November 2013 erhielt diese Sorte den Eintrag im Guinness-Buch der Rekorde als schärfste Chili-Sorte der Welt[1][2][3] und verdrängte damit den bisherigen Spitzenreiter Trinidad Moruga Scorpion vom ersten Platz. Origin. [1] Developed by South Carolina breeder Ed Currie, the pepper is red and gnarled, with a bumpy texture and small pointed tail. These are two mega-hot chilies, there’s no doubt. Scoville Heat Units were tested at 1,382,000 SHUs.. It sounds like a crazy pepper joke, but this extreme chili – a wicked offspring of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Naga Morich, and ghost pepper (Bhut Jolokia) – sits among the hottest of the hottest. The Carolina Reaper pepper’s heat level should never be underestimated. But Currie's crossbreed of a Sweet Habanero and a Naga Viper created his patented Carolina Reaper - a pepper three hundred times hotter than a … The Carolina Reaper vs. the ghost pepper is like Ali vs. Frazier of the hot pepper world, at least in terms of pure power and popularity. Courage is no cure for capsaicin. This year, his company will produce 17 million pounds of hot peppers. The Carolina Reaper is said to be a cross between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chillies. The Naga Viper chili pepper is a hybrid of three different chili peppers – the Bhut Jolokia, the Naga Morich, and the Trinidad Scorpion. It has been described as having a fruity taste, with the initial bite … In 2017, Guinness World Records declared it the hottest chili pepper in the world, surpassing the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T". Something called the Scoville scale measures a pepper's heat. Smokin' Ed Currie, founder of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company, cultivates heat in greenhouses, warehouses and even at home. In the lab, capsaicin has killed cancer cells. The Carolina Reaper is a cultivar of the Capsicum chinense plant. I want to be there when she gets married. But what are the differences and how easily … (Tabasco sauce rates between 2,500 and 5,000 on … [4][5] The official Guinness World Record heat level was 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) in 2017, according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina. Der gemessene Spitzenwert der Carolina Reaper lag bei über 2,2 Millionen Scoville, der errechnete Durchschnittswert lag bei 1.569.300 Scoville-Einhei… The Naga Viper pepper is a hot chili pepper. He didn’t anticipate the response to this new “superhot” pepper. It’s a slow burn that allows the pepper’s fruity sweetness to tantalize your tastebuds before the all hell breaks loose. The Naga Viper has an interesting background. [10] However, In September 2017, Ed Currie claimed to have bred a stronger pepper known as Pepper X having 3.18 million SHUs. The Carolina Reaper is a cultivar of the Capsicum chinense plant. So you get the burn that happens but then you get the pleasure afterwards.". You actually get a euphoric feeling from eating them. Developed by South Carolina breeder Ed Currie, the pepper is red and gnarled, with a bumpy texture and small pointed tail. And, the crossbreed may have an Indian connection, too. Freeman, director of the Cancer Biology Program at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said, "Cancer cells can be induced to activate a suicide program biochemically by certain sorts of molecular processes. It was created in Cumbria, a small county in England and is a 3 way cross of the Naga Morich, Bhut Jolokia and Trinidad scorpion. He said, "I believe that peppers are one of the cures for cancer, I really do. Currie is not an oncologist or a cancer researcher. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. But capsaicin may help prevent cancer. Currie said, "I was doing these crosses, trying to find something good and this pod looked nasty.