|Heat|| Exceptionally hot|
|Scoville scale||Up to 1,569,300 on average, with peak levels of over 2,200,000|
Carolina Reaper pepper pods harvested in November, 2013 in West Valley City, Utah, United States of America
The Carolina Reaper is a hybrid chili pepper of the Capsicum chinense species, originally called the "HP22B", bred by cultivator Ed Currie, who runs PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Carolina Reaper was rated as the world's hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records according to 2012 tests, averaging 1,569,300 SHU on the Scoville scale with peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU. The previous record-holder was the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. The cost to Currie of obtaining the evidence to claim the Guinness record was $12,000.