Pepper Seeds - Hot - Carolina Reaper
- 10 Seeds per Packet
- Maturity: 95 Days from Transplanting
- Scoville Heat Units: Average of 1,569,300 SHU's, with potential to reach up to 2,200,000 SHU's
- Guinness Record: Recognized as the World's Hottest Pepper in 2013
- Appearance: Wrinkled texture with a pointed tail
- Origin: Hybrid of a Pakistani Naga pepper and a Red Habanero
- Flavor Profile: Beyond its extreme heat, it has a hint of chocolate and cinnamon with a sweet undertone
- Growth Habit: Plants can reach up to 4 feet in height
History: The Carolina Reaper, a fearsome name for a fearsome pepper, was bred by Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company by crossbreeding a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero. Its fierce heat secured its spot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013, being crowned the "World's Hottest Pepper". Not only has it become renowned for its fiery heat, but it also stands out due to its unique appearance and flavor profile.
Uses: Though its scorching heat might be intimidating, Carolina Reaper is utilized by many culinary adventurers who crave that adrenaline-pumping spiciness. It is a popular choice for making ultra-hot sauces and can be dried to produce spicy seasonings. However, caution should always be exercised when handling or consuming this super-hot pepper. Its intensity can be overwhelming, and it's crucial to use gloves while handling and to wash hands thoroughly afterward.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: To get the best results from your Carolina Reaper seeds, start them indoors about 8 weeks before the last expected frost. Once the seedlings are robust and the threat of frost has passed, transplant them to a sunny location with well-draining soil. Provide them with consistent watering but ensure that the soil doesn't become too waterlogged. As the plants grow, they may benefit from staking due to the weight of the peppers. In about 95 days from transplanting, you'll be able to harvest your very own batch of the world's hottest pepper! But remember, always handle with care.