Breeding the World’s Hottest Pepper

– [Excited Man] Carolina Reaper! – [Camera Man] Go ahead
and put it in your mouth. – Go! – [Narrator] Since the
first time it was announced to the public that we were
growing these, there were literally thousands of YouTube
videos of people eating Carolina Reapers all over the world. I get a kick out of most of them. – I made a huge mistake! – Though it can be unpleasant,
it’s not a dangerous thing to eat super hot peppers. – Oh my God! It’s only getting worse! (coughing) – [Narrator] It’s a chemical
reaction your brain perceives as heat so you will stop doing it. – I’m gonna lay down. This sucks. (uptempo modern classical music) – I’m “Smokin’” Ed Currie. I created the Carolina Reaper. I got into breeding peppers
in college and just really was interested in getting
hotter and hotter peppers once I tried them. Guinness awarded me the
world record for the hottest pepper in November of 2013. To breed these things,
I crossed a ghost pepper with a habanero, and what
came out was this evil looking pepper that had warts all over it, blisters they call them. And the first time I tasted
it, it knocked me to my knees. (uptempo flamenco guitar) We get our peppers tested
regularly at Winthrop University by doctor Calloway in the chemistry lab. All peppers are measured
by Scoville heat units, which tell you how hot the pepper is. Bell peppers have zero
Scoville heat units. Jalapeño is about 5,000, a Serrano 20,000, red habaneros 200,000,
ghost peppers 600,000, then you get to the Carolina Reaper, which is 1,569,000 heat
units, the hottest thing in the world. (playful string music) When you eat the Carolina
Reaper, the first sensation you get is sweet, and then
all of a sudden the heat starts going, it’s like
burning, burning, burning! Then the physiological stuff starts. Your eyes will bloodshot, they just start tearing up and watering, the skin flushes, you start breathing hard, your metabolism starts raising up. Some people say it’s
like eating molten lava. Others will say it’s like licking the sun. To me, it’s like eating
a charcoal briquette and no matter what you do
you cannot get that burn out of the back of your mouth. I mean it’s crazy. A lot of what I do is creative expression. You look for traits in
one pepper, and you look for traits in another and
you try to combine them and keep both those traits. There are other breeders who
are trying to break our record, but, uh, we’ve been holding unreleased
peppers in our back pocket that are twice as hot or
more than the Carolina Reaper that we could submit to
Guinness at any time. My perception of what
the limits are of how hot you can breed a pepper
has changed as the science has progressed over the years. Just tell me something can’t
be done, I’m gonna figure out a way to do it.

100 thoughts on “Breeding the World’s Hottest Pepper

  1. Spice things up without growing your own hot pepper variant. Try the Reaper hot sauce!:
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  2. I have a huge harvest of these every year. I make a sauce I call “Suicide Forest.” Boiling down 5 pounds of black cherries, grass fed butter, and some other secrets, the reaper’s flavor can be enjoyed along with the heat.

  3. What if you breed the Pepper X and the Dragon's breath together and compare it to Pepper X and Carolina Reaper pepper?

  4. Just take something that occupies the receptors for spiciness in the mouth and you are good to go, same concept as anaesthesia

  5. 2:43 you're telling me there's something hotter than the Carolina Reaper? And yet people say its like licking the sun… Imagine what the others would be like

  6. Ok so he combines 2 types of pepper

    *why dont you just combine every single pepper in the world

    Im sure it will be fine

  7. Guinness just makes money by helping companies invent and break new records to gain publicity, having a guinness world record doesn't mean anything anymore.

  8. There’s probably still 100s if not 1000s of undiscovered pepper species in regions all over the world with heat property’s that make the Carolina look like a bell pepper

  9. Bruh I’m Mexican. Nothing is spicy. My tío and my dad could probably eat ur whole farm of peppers with some pozole!

  10. This is a laboratory product. If you want to know the hottest naturally grown pepper, then google 'Naga King Chili'.
    Also, to the maker of this pepper, please check it out yourself Sir. It may help you produce an even hotter pepper.

  11. the thing is either if I sniff the end of any spicy pepper that had a tiny gap in it so I can properly smell it my nose tingles and even if I just open my eyes and stare for a while…
    but this only happens in person lmao

  12. In elementary school, one of my classmates dads friends brother was the one who invented the carolina reaper. I do live in their hometown

  13. Yooo imagin flexing so hard on others that want to break your record for the spiciest pepper and once they do you pull out another pepper over twice as hot as your carolina reaper😂😂😂😂😂

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