Breaking news coming out of the competitive chile pepper growing world: Ed Currie of Rock Hill, South Carolina has been certified by the Guinness Book Of World Records as being the grower of the hottest chile pepper on earth.
As you may know, the Scoville system was developed by pharmacist Wilbur Scoville (seen above) in 1912 to establish a common metric for determining the heat of an individual pepper. These days, gas chromatography is used, then the numbers are converted into Scoville units using a mathematical formula. Winthrop University conducted the tests on Currie’s winner.
Chile peppers are serious business. And big money; last year Currie harvested 15 million pepper pods, producing about one million pounds of peppers.
The deposed king of the chiles was the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion grown by Jim Duffy of Refining Fires Chile Company.
Of course there was an entirely separate groups of claimants to the title who maintained that their Butch T Trinidad Scorpion was the genuine wearer of the crown.
How hot is this Carolina Reaper? One internet scribe compared eating one to “like being face-fucked by Satan.”
The timeless appeal of chiles.
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