The Jakarta Post
The Carolina Reaper invented by Smokin' Ed Currie has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the world's hottest chili. (Dave Thurber via The Straits Times/-)
Lovers of spicy food may want to keep an eye on Pepper X, a chili bred by New York-born PuckerButt Pepper Company founder-slash-scientist Smokin' Ed Currie.
According to Food & Wine website, Currie has claimed his latest invention Pepper X as the world’s hottest chili with its 3.18 million Scoville heat units – a measurement of chili peppers’ spicy heat founded by scientist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. The score was clearly beyond a normal jalapeno, which reportedly only in thousands.
Currie is not a new kid on the block. Prior to this, he was a Guinness World Record holder for Hottest Chili category in 2013 for his invention the Carolina Reaper pepper, a chili with 1,569,300 Scoville heat units.
However, in May, Welsh farmer Mike Smith reportedly had accidentally developed a world’s hottest chili Dragon’s Breath pepper with 2.48 million Scoville heat units.
Both inventors claimed to have submitted their applications to Guinness and are currently waiting for the confirmation. (jes/kes)