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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Guinness Book of World Records says the hottest peppers in the world are grown in South Carolina.

Ed Currie took a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and worked to make it hotter.

The Carolina Reaper has just become the world’s hottest chili, beating out the former record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion.

Smokin’ Ed Currie is the President and Chef of Puckerbutt Pepper Company.

According to the Associated Press, Currie’s Carolina Reaper peppers registered at nearly 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units.

One local Wilmington chef says he is used to serving hot things, but none as fiery as that.

“We have an inferno sauce here that is one of the hottest in town and people love that. If we have the adventurous folks that come in and want to try it, I don’t mind giving people what they want,” said Dylan Sabo, Hell’s Kitchen Chef.

A regular jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale.

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