An intentional cross made between a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company. When it was first rated by Guinness it came in at 1,569,300 SHU (2013). Oddly, what hasn't been widely publicized is that it was re-tested in 2018 and rated even higher - coming in at 1,641,183 SHU.
This is how Puckerbutt Pepper Co. describes this its baby:
This pepper--the world's hottest--is beautiful bright red with a rough surface and a long stinger. But don't let its good looks fool you! This pepper got its name for a reason. If you are "stupit" enough to eat this pepper whole you may wish to enter the doors of death willingly! Be very, very careful using this pepper. Those who don't fear the Reaper are fools. Its Scoville rating is 1,569,300 SHU. Flavor has been described as sweet, fruity, with a hint of cinnamon with chocolate undertones. Uses include hot sauces, salsas, cooking, settling old scores and combat.
Pods for this variety are fairly variable - some have gnarly bumps all over them and others will have a smoother skin. Indicative of the super hots is the tell tale “scorpion’s tail”. Not every fruit will feature the infamous stinger, but most pods should. The original color is red, but now other natural color variations exist including chocolate, yellow and even peach.
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SPECIES: Inter-species hybrid
HEAT LEVEL: FIRE - SCORCHING
FRUIT COLOR: Light green > Orange
SSCOVILLE HU: 1,569,300 - 1,641,183
DISCLAIMER: PROCEED WITH CAUTION
The peppers offered in the FIRE -SCORCHING section are seriously hot. They should NEVER be grown where anyone - especially a child - could mistakenly pluck one off the plant and take a bite unknowingly. Even handling these peppers can cause the skin to burn.
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