Food & Recipes

A Welsh Farmer May Have Just Created The Hottest Pepper On Earth

This chili is hot enough to kill you.

Mike Smith has been growing chilies for years, but this time, he may have wound up creating a pepper with the highest measuring on the Scoville Heat scale.

The Welsh farmer teamed up with Nottingham Trent University to create this chili plant. Known as the Dragon’s Breath chili, this pepper comes in at around 2.48 million on the Scoville scale.

That means this little pepper has the previously highest-measured chili, the Carolina Reaper, beat by about .28 million. The Carolina Reaper reportedly measured in at 2.2 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

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The Scoville scale is based on how much water would be needed to dilute spiciness, so 2.48 million cups of water would be needed to dilute the spiciness of 1 cup of this pepper’s oil, according to Smithsonian magazine’s breakdown of SHU. These peppers still only approach the SHU for police-grade pepper spray, but the new Dragon’s Breath creation is still technically too hot to eat.

According to The Telegraph, “Experts believe that anyone who attempted to swallow one of the chili peppers would be at risk of death from anaphylactic shock.”