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Eat The World’s Hottest Pepper "Carolina Reaper"
Bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by Ed "Smokin'" Currie, who runs the PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, it has been rated as the world's hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records since August 7, 2013. The original crossbreed was between a ghost pepper (a former world record holder) and a red habanero. The official Guinness World Record heat level is 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina; however, some claim it is 2,200,000 SHU.
At the second Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo on March 30, 2014, Ed Currie was presented with his world record by Guinness World Records and an eating competition was held in which the fastest time to consume three Carolina Reapers was determined for a new Guinness World Records at 12.23 seconds by Russel Todd. This record was beaten in September 2014 by Jason McNabb, who finished three peppers in 10.95 seconds.
The pepper has been described as "a good all-rounder to try at home" by UK ethnobotanist James Wong.