The Dragon’ Breath pepper is being called the “Hottest Pepper in the World”. Many now claim it will displace the Carolina Reaper as the Guinness World Record champion. But despite all the press, media, and publicity: nothing is positive other than the claims seem a bit far fetched. Some claim it is so hot it can kill a person. A pepper that can kill you?
Update: Peppers by Mail has secured Dragon’s Breath seed and will include them in our Seed Catalog summer of 2018 or sooner.
Certainly with the right allergy, anything can kill a person. Yes, super hot peppers and a host of other plant can cause anaphylactic shock or obstruct breathing in other ways. But even if the Dragon’s Breath pepper is as hot as claimed, it is not much hotter than the Carolina Reaper. Although the media likes to claim the Dragon’s Breath has measured 2.48 million SHU and the Carolina Reaper only hit 1.6 million SHU, the figure for the Carolina Reaper is an average. In fact, the Carolina Reaper has been shown in laboratory tests to reach 2.2 million. Besides, there are plenty of Youtube video where folk consume various extracts which measure much higher on the SHU scale.
Now one might think that at 2.48 million on the SHU scale, the Dragon’s Breath automatically beats the Carolina Reaper’s 2.2 million. But when it comes to the Guinness crown, it is the average that counts. For all we know, the Carolina Reaper still averages higher than the Dragon’s Breath pepper.
Can Dragon’s Breath Kill You?
Can the Dragon’s Breath pepper kill you? Sure it can. But when we consider pepper spray is generally considered less than lethal force at 2 million SHU, it seem much more likely that upon eating one, you will imply want to die.
“I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue, and it just burned and burned,” Smith told the Daily Post. “I spat it out in about 10 seconds.” – As Reported by Yahoo News
Dragon’s Breath Pepper Origins
The Telegraph report that the Dragon’ Breath Pepper was developed accidentally by Mike Smith. Beyond that, very little is known about this new peppers. Its lineage has not been reported. Dragon’s Breath seeds are not available. There seems to be no online store. There has been some chatter about plugs and small plants being sold in the UK, but as of yet it seems popular opinion on this pepper is going to have to wait a few years until folk get a chance to grow it.