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  • [Excited Man] Carolina Reaper!

  • [Camera Man] Go ahead and put it in your mouth.

  • Go!

  • [Narrator] Since the first time it was announced

  • to the public that we were growing these, there were

  • literally thousands of YouTube videos of people eating

  • Carolina Reapers all over the world.

  • I get a kick out of most of them.

  • I made a huge mistake!

  • Though it can be unpleasant, it's not a dangerous thing

  • Oh my God!

  • It's only getting worse!

  • (coughing)

  • [Narrator] It's a chemical reaction your brain perceives

  • as heat so you will stop doing it.

  • I'm gonna lay down.

  • This sucks.

  • (uptempo modern classical music)

  • I'm “Smokin'” Ed Currie.

  • I created the Carolina Reaper.

  • I got into breeding peppers in college and just really

  • was interested in getting hotter and hotter peppers once I tried them.

  • Guinness awarded me the world record for the hottest pepper in November of 2013.

  • To breed these things, I crossed a ghost pepper

  • with a habanero, and what came out was this evil

  • looking pepper that had warts all over it,

  • blisters they call them.

  • And the first time I tasted it, it knocked me to my knees.

  • (uptempo flamenco guitar)

  • We get our peppers tested regularly at Winthrop University by doctor Calloway in the chemistry lab.

  • All peppers are measured by Scoville heat units,

  • which tell you how hot the pepper is.

  • Bell peppers have zero Scoville heat units.

  • Jalapeño is about 5,000, a Serrano 20,000,

  • red habaneros 200,000, ghost peppers 600,000,

  • then you get to the Carolina Reaper,

  • which is 1,569,000 heat units, the hottest thing in the world.

  • (playful string music)

  • When you eat the Carolina Reaper, the first sensation

  • you get is sweet, and then all of a sudden the heat

  • starts going, it's like burning, burning, burning!

  • Then the physiological stuff starts.

  • Your eyes will bloodshot, they just start

  • tearing up and watering, the skin flushes,

  • you start breathing hard, your metabolism

  • starts raising up.

  • Some people say it's like eating molten lava.

  • Others will say it's like licking the sun.

  • To me, it's like eating a charcoal briquette

  • and no matter what you do you cannot get that burn

  • out of the back of your mouth.

  • I mean it's crazy.

  • A lot of what I do is creative expression.

  • You look for traits in one pepper, and you look

  • for traits in another and you try to combine them

  • and keep both those traits.

  • There are other breeders who are trying to break our record,

  • but, uh, we've been holding unreleased peppers in our back pocket

  • that are twice as hot or more than the Carolina Reaper

  • that we could submit to Guinness at any time.

  • My perception of what the limits are, of how hot

  • you can breed a pepper has changed as the science

  • has progressed over the years.

  • Just tell me something can't be done, I'm gonna figure

  • out a way to do it.

[Excited Man] Carolina Reaper!

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Breeding the World’s Hottest Pepper

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/11/17
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