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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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  1. Guest Reply Redux

    If I cram a few of these Carolina Reaper peppers in my 50 gallon hot water heater…can I unplug the “said” hot water heater…and still get hot water, and in turn, save on electricity???
    Same goes for my coffee maker, and arthritis too. :-O

  2. Guest2020

    Oh, the money we could save for ourselves instead of lining the pockets of CEOs of electric companies. I don’t drink coffee, but I do have arthritis and fibromyalgia. Fortunately, I have a very good heating pad that only needs a couple of minutes in the microwave.

  3. Carolina Reaper

    No other pepper comes close to the heat of the Carolina Reaper!

    Amazing that there is so much capsaicin in one pepper.

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