When there’s not much to do in the small town you live in, you get creative. A man in St. Asaph, Wales has manufactured what is being called the world’s hottest chili pepper. Coming in at 2.48 million on the Scoville Scale, making it potentially fatal by way of
According to The Daily Post, grower Mike Smith created the skin-dumbing Dragon’s Breath chili to be used in medical treatment as an anesthetic. It’s so powerful, a single drop of its capsicum would be detectable in 2.48 million drops of water (there’s about 100,000 drops in a gallon). And while it’s never been eaten, Smith says, “I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds.”
To put this edible weapon into perspective, here are the next 5 hottest chilis in the world…and the idiots who tried to eat them.
1. Carolina Reaper
Scoville Heat Units: 2.2 million
The chili pepper, which is 100-times hotter than a jalapeño, made it into the Guinness World Records in 2012 for being the world’s hottest.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
Back in 2012, when this pepper held the record for being the world’s hottest, Gizmodo reported that the peppers were so hot, a team of researchers from New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute went through multiple sets of gloves during the harvest of this pepper because the Scorpion’s capsaicin kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin of their hands.
3. 7 Pot Douglah
Also known as 7 Pot Chocolate, this pepper is named for its ability to spice 7 pots of stew.
4. 7 Pot Primo
SHU: 1.469 million
Named after horticulturist Troy Primeaux, who created this pepper back in 2006, it reportedly has a nice fruity flavor, if you can get past the heat.
5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”
Named for the scorpion like “tail” at the end of the pepper.