2013’s New Hottest Pepper, The Carolina Reaper

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Carloina Reaper Guinness Certificate

Sounds like Ed Currie finally got the heat validation he’s been looking for from Guinness for the Carolina Reaper. While as of this post the Guinness page is not yet updated Ed received an email that said in part:

“[w]e are delighted to confirm that you have successfully achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for ’Hottest chili’. We would like to congratulate you on your record-breaking achievement. You are OFFICIALLY AMAZING. Your official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate confirming your world record is being created and will be sent to you within ten working days.”

With a Guinness-submitted 1,569,383 SHU (scoville heat units) average and recently measured peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU, SMOKIN’ ED’S CAROLINA REAPER® has officially completed its long journey to the top of “super-hot” chili charts.

Congratulations to Ed and crew for the recognition. There’s been some controversy along the way so it’s nice to see everything playing out as Ed originally indicated that it would.


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2 Responses to 2013’s New Hottest Pepper, The Carolina Reaper

  1. Norman Smith says:

    I grew Carolina Reapers for the first time this year. They were started in a greenhouse in March (about 50% germination) then transplanted into large black pots several weeks later. I live north of the 49th parallel, but this summer was very hot. The plants are very healthy, lots of leaves and branches, they sat in direct sunlight for 14 hours a day, but they didn’t flower until mid-September, and I doubt they’ll bear fruit before frost. So, my question is why is the time to maturity so long here?

    • pepperseed says:

      The super hots can take a looooooong time to set pods, carolina reapers are no exception. Even when I was in warmer climates without fail every year I had a few plants each year that would not set pods before the first frost. For me there was never a single reason it was weather, pests, fertilization or in some cases just an odd plant here and there.

      if you can move those pots inside for a few weeks to get pods give that a try. Has worked for me in the past when I need an extra few weeks.

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