In a recent article on Fox News, the Guinness Book of World Records has declared Peppers grown by Ed Currie of South Carolina are the hottest pepper on earth! Students at Winthrop University conducted the study as part of their undergraduate classes that test food. They claim that the bright red fruit produces heat almost as potent as Pepper Sprays that are used by Law Enforcement. The chemical compounds called capsaicinoids are what dictates the heat of the pepper. “The higher concentration the hotter the pepper,” said Cliff Calloway, the Winthrop University professor whose students tested Currie's peppers. Scoville Heat Units is what measure the peppers, with Zero being the most bland. To give perspective, a regular jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale. The batch that Mr. Currie grew was 1,569,300 Scoville Hear Units! An individual pepper in that batch measured 2.2 million units. Most Pepper Spray’s are about 2 million Scoville Units as well.
Currie has been interested in peppers his whole life. He has dedicated his passion to continuing to grow the worlds hottest peppers. His company is called PuckerButt Pepper, and by the sounds of it, the hot sauces he makes will do just that!
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