The PuckerButt Pepper Co., a manufacturer and distributor of all natural chili pepper products and seeds, has debuted what it describes as the world’s hottest pepper: Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper.
“We have raised the bar for heat intensity by surpassing the current world record holder, the Butch T Trinidad Scorpion,” said Ed Currie, founder of the PuckerButt Pepper Co. “Over a four-year testing period, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper has averaged a rating of 1.474 million on the Scoville Scale, which measures the heat intensity of peppers. For comparison purposes, the Jalapeno pepper has a Scoville Rating of 3,000 to 7,000.
“We want to thank Dr. Calloway and his scientific team at Winthrop University located in Rock Hill, S.C., for conducting thorough testing of our seed pods and for their on-going support,” added Currie.
The Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper seed is now available for sale on the PuckerButt Pepper Co.’s website and at Pepper Joe’s Inc., a well-known and respected company in the pepper industry.
“In addition, we want to recognize Pepper Joe for helping name our seed,” said Currie.
The PuckerButt Pepper Co., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., grows and harvests chili peppers on a family farm in upstate South Carolina. The company currently sells all-natural pepper products that include salsas, sauces, jellies and mustards through its website and local festivals and will expand distribution into the specialty retail marketplace this fall.