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The spiciest peppers in the world

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Carolina Reaper (USA) - 2,200,000 SHU

Ranked as the world’s hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records, the Carolina Reaper was grown by "Smokin’ Ed" Currie from the PuckerButt Pepper Company, known to develop "weapon quality peppers" as a vocation. The Carolina Reaper is a hybrid of Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chilies. It is easily recognizable due to its unique tail and distinctive lobes. In addition to its spicy taste, it has a hint of fruity-sweet flavor as well. On an average, it is 100 times hotter than a jalapeno.

* The Scoville heat units (SHU) scale is a method of quantifying a substance's pungency or "spiciness."

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