Pepper X: Hottest Pepper in the World
18.10.2023 - 12:27
Pepper X got recently crowned as the spiciest of them all and its rating on the scale of spiciness will surely make you grab that glass of water! Keep reading!
Ed Currie, the founder of the PuckerButt Pepper Company and the man behind the Carolina Reaper, has yet another claim to fame—Pepper X. Touted as the world’s hottest pepper, Pepper X has been a sensation in the world of spicy foods and a subject of intrigue for pepper enthusiasts.
Pepper X was initially announced to the public around 2017. However, the pepper itself was in development for over a decade prior to its announcement. Ed Currie invested significant time in crossbreeding and cultivation to arrive at this potent variety.
According to the Washington Post – on 16th of Pctober, 2023, Guinness announced that Currie and PuckerButt had topped their own record. Pepper X had officially clocked in with an average of 2.69 million Scoville Heat Units, far spicier than the Carolina Reaper’s 1.64 million.
The creation of Pepper X involved the following key steps:
Like many superhot peppers, Pepper X is a hybrid. Ed Currie and his team selected specific parent plants with high capsaicin levels to cross-pollinate.
The growing conditions were meticulously controlled to optimize the capsaicin content. This includes factors like soil quality, temperature, and humidity.
Throughout the development process, samples were tested to determine their Scoville Heat Units (SHU), which measure spiciness. Pepper X is reported to have an SHU rating of over 3.18 million, dethroning the Carolina Reaper.
It wasn’t a one-shot deal. Multiple generations of the pepper were grown, each time selecting for the spiciest, most robust plants to continue the breeding process.
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