Review of the Carolina Reaper AKA HP22B Chile Pepper, a Contender for the Hottest Chile Pepper in the World

HP22B Chile Pepper AKA Carolina ReaperAnother chile pepper test on camera. This time out I eat and cook with the HP22B Chile Pepper AKA Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper. This comes courtesy of Ed Currie (hence the name “Smokin’ Ed”) of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company. This is being touted as the world’s hottest chile pepper with averages (not top heat numbers, but average/mean numbers) of over 1.4 million SHU.

It will be announced via press releases on Labor Day 2012 concerning its heat record claims, and that the Pucker Butt Pepper Company and Pepper Joe’s will be the exclusive seed vendors.

While whether or not the Scoville numbers will trump the Moruga Scorpions or if the HP22Bs will become Guinness-certified is open for debate, these are indeed some of the fiercest peppers I’ve ever eaten.

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  • Startoker

    Beware of pepper Joe’s! In fact beware of most seed companies who are selling Carolina Reaper seeds. They assume that everyone is stupid and will accept anything that is hot. This is the second time that I’ve been ripped off when trying to buy reaper seeds. The seed companies slap the name of the most popular hot pepper on whatever they have on hand so they can sell the seeds at top dollar. Seeds Direct sent me habaneros, Pepper Joe’s sent 7 pot bubblegums. Don’t even think of trying to get a refund. They will send you more seeds and laugh when you wind up with something other than what you wanted again.