Would you dare to eat the world’s hottest pepper?


Is the world’s hottest pepper too much heat even for spicy food lover? Who can handle the Scoville heat units of this extreme pepper?

Some people love the heat, spice and power of peppers. As people’s flavor preferences change, the world’s hottest pepper has changed as well. A new world’s hottest pepper has been crowned. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s hottest chili pepper is Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper.

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The average jalapeno pepper measures between 2,500 and 8,500 Scoville heat units. For some people this popular pepper is too much heat. Sure, cooks can manipulate the spice level by removing seeds or use less peppers in a recipe. Still, heat is heat and it can make some people uncomfortable.

Eating hot peppers can have an effect on your body. For example, the heat can cause you to sweat, your nose to run and your temperature to spike. Many people enjoy these heat induced sensations. If you have a stuffy nose, a good, spicy pepper can help clear up that congestion (just ask some astronauts).

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Over the years, spice level preferences have evolved. What was considered extreme a few years ago doesn’t get the fire fanatics excited today. Just like any food trend, peppers and their spice levels continue to grow and evolve, like people’s palates.

The Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper pepper was just recertified as the world’s hottest chili pepper. While this distinction will have a few brave taste testers, the question becomes what can a cook do with this extreme heat? Most likely this pepper will be used in condiments or sauces. It seems really unlikely that anyone would eat an entire extreme pepper like this one.

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Will people line up to try the world’s hottest pepper? Absolutely people will try to brave the heat. Just remember, milk, not water, will cool the fire when you’re eating it. Nothing will help you the morning afterwards.