Like this tiny pepper:

When Welsh fruit grower Mike Smith set out to create a novelty chili pepper for a national grower’s show, he had no idea he would accidentally end up with the world’s hottest pepper. Called Dragon’s Breath – a tribute to its Welsh heritage – the record-breaking pepper scores a whopping 2.48 million units on the Scoville scale of hotness.

Intended to be a tiny thing of beauty, the Dragon’s Breath pepper turned out to be a sensory beast that can’t really be consumed unless you’re willing to put your life at risk. Just to put into perspective how hot this thing is, the Scotch bonnet, a chili usually eaten as a challenge, scores between 100,000 and 350,000 Scovilles, military-grade pepper spray registers at 2 million units on the same scale, and the previous world’s hottest pepper was rated at a maximum 2.2 million units. Dragon’s Breath blows them all away with an impressive rating of 2.48 million Scovilles.

Experts believe that attempting to chew and swallow just one of these harmless-looking peppers would put a person at risk of death from anaphylactic shock. In laymen’s terms, it would burn and close up their airways.

Mike Smith, who created the Dragon’s Breath pepper with the help of researchers at Nottingham Trent University, says he hasn’t tried to eat one, because it “would not be a pleasant sensation.” He did put it on the tip of his tongue and found it unbearable.

“It’s not been tried orally,” the 53-year-old told the North Wales Daily Post. “I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds. The heat intensity just grows.”

And because it’s so strong, Mr. Smith and scientists at Nottingham Trent University believe Dragon’s Breath could have an important medicinal use. Oil from the chili can numb the skin, so it could be used as an alternative to anesthetic in third world countries, or on people who are allergic to conventional anesthetic.

“It was a complete accident but I’m chuffed to bits – it’s a lovely looking tree,” said Mike Smith, who has been competitively show-gardening for eight years. He has applied to Guinness World Records for the title of world’s hottest chili, and his Dragon’s Breath is now also a contender for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plant of the Year award.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    I’ve heard about this pepper. I’m certain there’ll be several idiots out there that’ll test the potency and die. Darwin will be pleased.

  2. I just dont see the attraction, the wogs here have vindaloo curries etc which are so hot you cant taste anything. Its mindless.

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    I just got a healthy Ghost Pepper plant, which is going to grow like wildfire out
    here in the High Desert. Waiting on both species of Scorpion Pepper and
    the Carolina Reaper to sprout. For the record, I am not one of those
    morons who eat whole peppers on a dare. My aim is to bottle up some seriously
    nasty hot sauces and dry, crush and vacuum pack any leftovers.

    The poison is in the dose. While I like my shit very hot, I am not suffering
    from a severe case of masochism! I once had a Chili Size at a local restaurant
    and added a teaspoon of Scorpion Moruga hot sauce. This was basically a
    1/3 pound burger smothered with chili and it filled a large bowl.

    It was excruciating! Each bite was hotter than the next. I like it hot, but I am
    too fucking old to try and prove to anyone how big my balls are!

    PS I want to wait and see an independent lab test. Anyone can show a
    photo of a screen on a smartphone. Unless there is some chemical
    analyzer attachment for that phone, I will reserve judgment about the veracity
    of this guys claim.

  4. Lburg says:

    Oh hell. You’re just talking about peppers. I thought you might have a scoop about Huma and her emails.

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