According to Tasting Table, there is a new hottest pepper in the world: Pepper X. Reportedly, this new green pepper tops the SHU range at over 3,000,000 SHU on the Scoville Scale. Per The Food Beast, Pepper X was developed by Ed Currie, creator of the current Guinness World Record holder the Carolina Reaper. Mr. Currie can be seen on the Youtube show the Hot Ones claiming Pepper X is twice the heat of the Carolina Reaper. Mr. Curry also stated that the testing is complete, Guinness World Record® is reviewing the findings, and we can expect results this November.
Pepper X Seeds
But don’t hold your breath for Pepper X seeds, fresh Pepper X pods, or other Pepper X products other than a hot sauce by the name of The Last Dab™. In fact, very few images of the secret Pepper X can be found on the Internet. Those few images that can be found show a collection of peppers which seem to resemble The Gator Jigsaw pepper which finishes a yellowish green. Those same photos and video glimpses show it as an entirely different shape which seem to be brown. Making things even more confusing,
The hot sauce appears to be created by the same creator as the pepper but marketed under the label The Hot Ones. Of Pepper X seeds and peppers, Mr. Currie’s Facebook page says:
“There is no release date for the seed stock, nor will there be until this process is complete and the record is secured. No peppers will be sent to anyone for review and there are no tours of the farm where these are being grown.” – From Facebook
This is where the information about Pepper X becomes very odd. First, the above statement seems to indicate that Pepper X seeds will only be released -if- Guinness awards the throne of hottest pepper in the world. One must wonder if it falls short, does that mean it simply vanishes?
So when will we know if Guinness agrees with the stated findings of over 3 million SHU? Despite Mr. Currie’s statements on The Hot Ones that the testing results have already been submitted to Guinness, the later statement on Facebook seems to indicate something quite different.
“We are testing this year’s crop and “The Last Dab™” in side-by-side testing so that the numbers will not be disputed by Guinness…”- From Facebook
The world may never know.