Carolina Reaper: 5 facts about the world’s hottest chilli

Carolina Reaper: 5 facts about the world’s hottest chilli

The Carolina Reaper comes from the Capsicum chinense species of chilli pepper and gets in the Guinness Book of Records at 1.5 million Scovilles – the measurement scale of how spicy a chilli gets.
The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville and it counts how much of a natural chemical called capsaicin is in each type of pepper.

Five hot chilli facts

* The Carolina Reaper is so strong, you’re supposed to wear gloves when you hold it.
* The Carolina Reaper chilli is 400 times more spicy than the tasty Jalapeno peppers you can get on pizzas, which only rate a chilly 3,500 on the Scoville scale.
* It’s the same species as the famously fiery Scotch bonnet chilli which is often used in West Indian cooking.
* It’s not the seeds that make a chilli spicy, it’s the white flesh nearest to the seeds that give it its kick
* Only mammals feel the heat of a chilli, they don’t affect birds at all!

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