The Carolina Reaper is Literally Hotter Than Pepper Spray

 - Dec 31, 2013
References: foodbeast & thatsnerdalicious
The world has a new hottest pepper and it is appropriately named the Carolina Reaper. The pepper checks in at an astounding 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units. For those who don't keep up with the Scoville scale, all you need to know is that pepper spray checks in at 2,000,000 units and jalapeno peppers come in at 5,000 units.

Although 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units is hot, that's only the average for the plot of peppers tested. The individual Carolina Reaper came in at 2,200,000 units and is thus equivalent to eating a shot of pepper spray and then some. The fiery red pepper easily bests the previous record holder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, by some 300,000 units.