You'll receive a package containing at least 7 dehydrated "Hot as Heck" Carolina Reaper peppers. Approximately 1/4 oz. None of the products on our farm have been sprayed with pesticides or grown using synthetic fertilizers. You can find more information on our farm through CNGfarming.org website.
The Carolina Reaper chile pepper has a wrinkled and gnarled appearance. The small, bright red pod looks as though the bottom half has been pulled up into the center of the pod. The end of the pepper is adorned with a point, or ‘scorpion’s tail,’ reminiscent of a wasp’s stinger. The Carolina Reaper’s appearance has been likened to that of a Trinidad 7 Pot Primo, which also has a long, skinny tail. The pepper has a sweet, fruity taste with hints of cinnamon and chocolate, in addition to intense heat. This pepper is not for the faint-at-heart.
The Carolina Reaper is the hottest chile pepper in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Carolina Reaper chile pepper has an average heat rating of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, though its rating has peaked at 2,200,000 Scoville units. For comparison, the jalapeno chile pepper has an average rating of 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units and the habanero is rated at 200,000 to 300,000 Scoville units. The Reaper beat out the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T,” which had an average Scoville rating of 1,463,700.
Chile peppers contain high amounts of vitamin C, almost twice that of citrus. The red Carolina Reaper contains beta-carotene, as well as antioxidants in the form of bioflavonoids. The presence of capsaicin in peppers serves as a natural deterrent to insects and animals. In humans, the capsaicin triggers pain receptors in our mouths and other soft tissue. The pain response triggers the release of endorphins in the body.
Warning: Take care while handling this pepper. Wear gloves, do not rub eyes or touch other body parts after handling this pepper.