The source hot sauce can be just about anything, when you think of it.
BUT…..there’s a new pain in town! Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper is the Guinness World Records hottest chili pepper. (November 14, 2013 was the scorched earth day for that declaration)
How would they know? Isn’t it just what is hot to you? I mean, it might not be the same heat for me as it is for my grandmother.
Enter the Scoville Unit
You’ve probably at some time in your culinary experimentation taken some Tabasco Sauce. A tabasco pepper used as the base for tabasco sauce is rated at 30,000 – 50,000 Scoville Units. Capsicum frutescens.
The Caroline Reaper is rated at 1,569,383 – 2,200,000 Scoville Units. Capsicum Chinense.
You may want to get the picture before you get the pitcher of water to put the fire out!
Ed Currie, the cultivator of what was previously named “HP22B” (Caroline Reaper), is the proprietor of PUCKERBUTT Pepper Co., Fort Mill, South Carolina. The pepper is a hybrid ob a re naga pepper and a Red Savina pepper. Whew…that will pucker just about any part of your body!