Hotter Hottest Hot Pepper
Dragons Breath Chili Pepper
The Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper once held the title of the Worlds hottest hot peppers, but apparently a British plant breeder Mike Smith in cooperation with the University of Nottingham has come up with a serious contender. In fact this 'contender' is so powerful it not only deals a knockout blow to its competition amongst the hot peppers, it could also knock you out if you eat it.
Dragon's Breath chili pepper is the name of this monstrosity and speculation is that it could actually kill you, yes that's right Death by Chili Pepper. Before Dragons Breath came along the two contenders for Worlds hottest pepper were around 1 million to 1,200,000 on the scoville scale. Dragons Breath brags of nearly doubling the previous record at 2,480,000 million heat units on the Scoville scale.
The intensity of hot peppers is measured on the Scoville Scale, a system of gauging the Heat and spiciness of foods. Reported in Heat Units or "SHU". The higher a peppers number on the Scoville scale the more intense the flavor and heat. Sweet Pepper on the scoville scale runs from 0 - 100, Jalapeno Peppers 2,500 to 10,000, Habanero Hot Peppers 100,000 to 350,000. Dragons Breath is nearly 10X as hot as the hottest hot pepper you've ever tried.
Even Pepper sprays used by the Police and Military can't match those numbers. So why would anyone ever eat this, I mean it's like pouring sulfuric acid down your throat ? Anyway it is certainly one for the record books.