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“Extreme” peppers can cause ‘Thunderclap’ headaches

April 9, 2019

The 8 Hottest Peppers In The World 

Let's be clear on this: The record for the World's hottest pepper is currently held by The Carolina Reaper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. No 'Pepper X.' No 'Dragons Breath.' The Carolina Reaper is the king of heat.

The Carolina Reaper was bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by "Smokin" Ed Currie, proprietor of the PuckerButt Pepper Company.

Originally ranked as World’s Hottest in 2013, the Reaper was tested again in 2018 with an even higher Scoville ranking (71,000 SHU higher to be exact) giving the reaper a renewed title as World’s Hottest Pepper.

The Carolina Reaper - 2,200,000 SHU

Species: Capsicum chinense

Hybrid parentage: Naga Pepper x La Soufriere

Breeder: Ed Currie

Origin: Rock Hill, South Carolina, US

Heat: Exceptionally hot

Scoville scale:  1,569,300 on average SHU


SHU: Scoville heat units. 

The SHU is the term used to describe where on the Scoville scale a pepper measures.

Min/Max SHU: Even individual hot peppers have a range of heat, depending on where they are grown, how long they’ve matured, and even the amount of sun they’ve received. The minimum SHU is the mildest a pepper could be, the maximum SHU is the hottest possible for the variety. Heat: Mild, Medium, Hot, or Scorching-Hot.

Species: All hot peppers belong to the Capsicum genus (part of the nightshade family).

Let’s put the Scoville rating into perspective for you: The Carolina Reaper pepper is 200x hotter than a Jalapeno.


Dragon’s Breath Pepper - 2,483,584 SHU (unconfirmed)

The Dragon’s Breath pepper has got a lot of free publicity by claiming to be the new World’s Hottest Pepper. Guinness World Records has yet to confirm the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit, a measure of spiciness) values published.


Pepper X - 4,000,000 SHU (unconfirmed) 

Pepper X is another pepper claiming to be TWICE as hot as the Carolina Reaper has surfaced, but this might have more merit. Very limited information is known about Pepper X as the creator has kept it under wraps


Top 8 hottest peppers in the world

No. 8.  7 Pot Barrackpore:  ~1,000,000 SHU

No. 7.  Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia): 1,041,427 SHU

No. 6   Naga Viper:  1,349,000 SHU

No. 5.  Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”:  1,463,700 SHU

No. 4.  7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU

No. 3.  7 Pot Douglah:  1,853,936 SHU

No. 2.  Trinidad Moruga Scorpion:  2,009,231 SHU

No. 1.  Carolina Reaper: 2,200,000 SHU


If you haven't checked out Hot Ones, on Youtube, you're missing out.


Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

Source: PuckerButtPepperCompany, Wikipedia, GuinessBookOfWorldRecords, AASNSports

April 9, 2019

The 8 Hottest Peppers In The World 

Let's be clear on this: The record for the World's hottest pepper is held by The Carolina Reaper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The Carolina Reaper was bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by "Smokin" Ed Currie, proprietor of the PuckerButt Pepper Company.

Originally ranked as World’s Hottest in 2013, the Reaper was tested again in 2018 with an even higher Scoville ranking (71,000 SHU higher to be exact) giving the reaper a renewed title as World’s Hottest Pepper.

Species: Capsicum chinense

Hybrid parentage: Naga Pepper x La Soufriere

Breeder: Ed Currie

Origin: Rock Hill, South Carolina, US

Heat: Exceptionally hot

Scoville scale:  1,569,300 on average SHU


Dragon’s Breath Pepper 2,483,584 SHU (unconfirmed)

The Dragon’s Breath pepper has got a lot of free publicity by claiming to be the new World’s Hottest Pepper. Guinness World Records has yet to confirm the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit, a measure of spiciness) values published.


Pepper X 4,000,000 SHU (unconfirmed) 

Pepper X is another pepper claiming to be TWICE as hot as the Carolina Reaper has surfaced, but this might have more merit. Very limited information is known about Pepper X as the creator has kept it under wraps

Let’s put the Scoville rating into perspective for you: The Carolina Reaper pepper is 200x hotter than a Jalapeno.


Top 8 hottest peppers in the world

Carolina Reaper: 2,200,000 SHU

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion:  2,009,231 SHU

7 Pot Douglah:  1,853,936 SHU

7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”:  1,463,700 SHU

Naga Viper:  1,349,000 SHU

Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia): 1,041,427 SHU

7 Pot Barrackpore:  ~1,000,000 SHU



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

Source: Wikipedia, GuinessBookOfWorldRecords, AASNSports


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April 9, 2019

Eating “extreme” peppers can cause “Thunderclap headaches” 

    The Carolina Reaper and other extreme peppers are so hot a 34-year-old man in the U.K. developed "thunderclap headaches" after consuming just one of the incredibly hot peppers at a chili-eating contest, according to TheGuardian. 

Researchers say the man suffered dry heaves immediately after consuming the Reaper which scores a breathtaking 1.6 million on the Scoville scale - a jalapeño is only 5000. He was rushed to the emergency room a few days later because he was having very short but incredibly painful headaches.

"It started all of a sudden as severe pain in the back of the neck and then spread to all over the head," study author Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran tells CBS. "That's typical of a thunderclap headache."

After several brain scans, the doctors determined that the man's headaches were being caused by a condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, or RCVS, which involves the narrowing of the arteries.

It can occur without any apparent cause or be triggered by medication or illegal drug use, but in this case, the researchers determined that it was the first known case to be caused by chili peppers. The man's arteries returned to normal within five weeks and there were no lasting effects, but since RCVS can lead to strokes in rare cases, researchers say anybody experiencing similar symptoms after eating hot chilis should seek medical attention. 


Dragon's Breath, Carolina Reaper, Ghost Pepper, And Butch T Scorpion.  🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    A few months ago we told you about the hottest chili pepper in the world. The "Dragon's Breath" chili, grown by a farmer in Wales - and how it was discovered by accident. The new pepper scored a scorching 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, well ahead of the 2.2 million set by the Carolina Reaper. 

The pepper, which came from a plant Smith borrowed from fellow farmer Neal Price, was reportedly grown using specialized plant food developed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University, the BBC reports. The growers named the explosive chili pepper the "Dragon's Breath," a nod to the pepper's Welsh origins. They say it's too hot for human consumption.

Smith, who grows chilis as a hobby, says nobody has ever swallowed his creation. "I've tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds," he tells the Daily Post. "The heat intensity just grows."


Originally published April 10, 2018

The Dragon's Breath chili was fiercer than the pepper spray used by the US Army, which scores 2 million on the Scoville scale, and anybody who tried to eat it would be at risk of dying from anaphylactic shock.

Smith said oil from the pepper numbs the skin, which could make it an affordable alternative to anesthetic in some countries, reports the BBC. (Researchers say a chemical found in chili peppers can soothe upset stomachs.) By comparison, a habañero pepper clocks in at 350,000 on the Scoville scale, and the humble jalapeño measures up to 8,000.

All of that was well and good... until now.

A renowned pepper breeder, "Smokin’ Ed Currie", claims he has developed the hottest pepper known to man. It’s called Pepper X, and it has hit an eye-popping 3.18 million Scoville heat units. That score would leave the Pepper X poised to surpass the Dragon’s Breath, and lay claim to the title of world’s spiciest. Come on ice cream!

Ran DeBord ~ All Access Sporting News

Sources for this article include:  Wikipedia, Twitter, theBBC, theDailypost, AASNSports





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