A UK supermarket is starting to sell the world’s spiciest chili pepper. So what makes it such hot property?
The Carolina Reaper comes from the Capsicum Chinese species of chili pepper and gets in the Guinness Book of Records at 1.5 million Scovilles – the measurement scale of how spicy a chili gets.
The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville and it counts how much of a natural chemical called capsaicin is in each type of pepper.
Five hot chili facts
- The Carolina Reaper is so strong, you’re supposed to wear gloves when you hold it.
- The Carolina Reaper chili is 400 times spicier than the tasty Jalapeno peppers you can get on pizzas, which only rate a chilly 3,500 on the Scoville scale.
- It’s the same species as the famously fiery Scotch bonnet chili which is often used in West Indian cooking.
- It’s not the seeds that make a chili spicy, it’s the white flesh nearest to the seeds that give it its kick
- Only mammals feel the heat of a chili, they don’t affect birds at all!
Tesco is selling Carolina Reaper chilies from July 2016.
Source: BBC NEWS