Dragon's Breath Chilli at 2.48 million Scoville
Posted on 14 September 2017
Lots of customers ask us about the mythological Dragon's Breath Pepper. It's now 2019 and these beasts have yet to become available. While we do not offer these peppers yet (and we're still trying to determine if they're even REAL!), this is the place where you can stay tuned on our Dragon's Breath Pepper Seed Trials where we try to grow out these famed dragons.
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The Dragon's Breath is rumored to be the world's hottest chile* which was supposedly created by accident.
The elusive Dragon's Breath Pepper was said to be cultivated by Mike Smith of St. Asaph, Denbigshire in the UK, who was actually trying to grow a beautiful pepper plant for an upcoming Chelsea Flower Show! While it didn't win any prizes, it may win an even greater prize – a Guinness Record for it's surprising heat. At 2.48 million Scoville units, this tiny little pepper is the hottest pepper of all. Time will tell if this pepper proves to be the hottest chile pepper in the world.
Sandia Seed is working to start offering Dragon's Breath Pepper Seeds soon, so stay tuned – we'll post on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, our newsletter, and our website IF and when we do!
Did you know that the Dragon's Breath pepper is not yet "officially" the hottest pepper in the world? Yes, that's right, the Carolina Reaper is still the world-record-holder champion for being the hottest pepper. Scroll down to read more about it... check out our Instagram video below where we check out these famed Dragons – we are trying to grow these out and see if the strain is stable. We'll keep you posted here on updates, see them below:
Check out our latest Dragon's Breath Pepper plant photos below, the plants we grew from the Dragon's Breath pepper pods we acquired have hot peppers that are ripening and they are HOT HOT HOT! We can't tell if they're hot enough to be be the hottest pepper in the world, but there is no doubt they are hot. These could be a knock off of the other super hots like the Carolina Reaper, who is the current world record holder. These little Dragon's Breath pepper pods pack some fire! We will continue to save seeds and grow them out to see if this strain is stable, and if we can start offering Dragon seeds for sale. Stay tuned!
See more Dragons Breath Pepper Plant Photos from March 2019 Below:
May 20, 2019 Dragon's Breath Pepper Seeds Update:
Here is the latest update on our Dragon's Breath Pepper Seed Trials:
We are getting closer to success! In the photo above we show one of our eight Dragons Breath chili plants that are at almost 24" tall up to 30". Four of the plants have peppers growing and a fifth plant is flowering. The other three are still just leaves. The "dragon" fruits are very small and we are waiting longer for a full mature red and good seeds. Stay tuned for more updates! These plants are the first ones to have pods in our several batches of Dragon's Breath Pepper seed trials.
Last year we acquired some Dragon's Breath Pepper pods and have been growing out the seeds pod-by-pod to see if the strain is stable. This last batch has been the most successful as we actually have blooms and pods growing. The plan is to see if this is even a legitimate strain that holds true before offering the seeds to our customers. We have our doubts on the stability of the strain (and if it's even a unique one or just a spin off from one of the other super hot peppers), but time will tell! We'll post more updates on our Dragon's Breath Pepper plants soon!
March 20, 2019 Update:
Photo Above: Spring Equinox! 🌞🌝 This Dragon’s Breath flower above is getting a little help this morning. Peppers are self-pollinating but we’re just making sure. We hope to see some pods soon to see if these peppers are really as hot as they say they are (and are not just a variation of other super hots).
Dragon's Breath Seeds – February 25, 2019 Update:
The Dragons Breath Pepper plants above were grown from seeds from a pod we acquired. We have been using seeds from one Dragon's Breath "pod" per batch for our trials, and we're seeing a lot of variation of the plants coming all from one pod – so we think the strain is not stable. This last batch does seem to be doing a lot better than the previous batches, so time will tell if we get blooms and pods that live up to their mythological name. Our previous batch of Dragon's Breath pepper plants had some sort of weird disease or problem that caused spotting on their leaves, so we may have to scrap that whole set. This most recent batch seems to be doing a lot better so we have a glimmer of hope! The Dragon's Breath Pepper mythology lives on... we have yet to find a credible source for these fantastical beasts, but we're going to keep trying and we'll keep you updated!
Check out these Dragon's Breath pepper plants all grown from one Dragon's Breath pod we acquired. All the seedlings are different in size, and even the shapes of the leaves are different leading us to believe this pepper strain is not yet stable. Stay tuned, we are going to keep growing these out and see if we get any decent pods that have the spice level that they're rumored to have.
Dragon's Breath Chile Seeds October 2, 2018 update:
Dragon's Breath Chile Seeds
August 19, 2018 Update:
Dragon's Breath Pepper Seeds
July 17, 2018 Update:
Here is our "Dragons Breath’ plant that we are growing from some supposed Dragon's Breath pepper pods we acquired. We had about 12 sprouts out of 72. Then, we were successful at growing 6 of the plants in the garden. Then... someone weeded for us... DARN IT! So only one remains. It is very stunted. Let's hope for the best!
To be honest, we're not 100% sure if Dragon's Breath Peppers exist, or if they're actually as hot as they say they are... kind of like the mysterious Pepper X... There hasn't been any new info out there about these peppers. And, the supposed "Dragon's Breath" peppers that we acquired and are growing out look mysteriously like some other super hot peppers we know... But, we'll keep you updated as we continue to grow this plant out, if it produces pods, and if they're wicked hot! We'll also let you know if we get more information on the Dragon pepper or seeds from our super hot pepper sources!
Stay tuned... For now, the Carolina Reaper is still the QUEEN pepper of all the super hots, and she still holds the Guinness World Record of being the hottest chile pepper in the world. Time will tell if Dragon's Breath is able to beat the record. We have our doubts, do you?!
Note: *The Dragon's Breath chile pepper's claim to be the hottest pepper in the world has not yet been verified by Guinness Records, but time will tell if it is, indeed, the hottest pepper of all! We have our doubts, as no news has recently appeared about the fire-breathing rumoured pepper, so we'll see if it ever actually beats the Carolina Reaper in the future. One thing is for sure, people will keep trying to breed a hotter pepper!
THE HOTTEST PEPPER:
Currently, the Carolina Reaper is still the record-holder for being the world's hottest pepper. The Carolina Reaper has tested at 2,200,000 Scoville heat units, which makes it the reigning champ for being the hottest pepper.
Where can you buy Dragon's Breath seeds?
We are working to start offering Dragon's Breath Pepper Seeds very soon, so stay tuned. We'll post on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, our newsletter, and our website when we do! So make sure to follow us. For now, try growing the Reaper – as it is the true record-holder for being the hottest pepper!
More about the Dragon's Breath Chile:
Here's the scoop about the origin of the Dragon's Breath pepper from an excerpt of The Telegraph article:
***Hottest chilli pepper in the world accidentally created by Welsh fruit farmer trying to come up with a novel entry for next week’s Chelsea Flower Show has accidentally created the hottest chilli ever recorded.
Mike Smith, from Denbighshire, declared himself “chuffed” if a little “surprised” after scientists indicated that his Dragon’s Breath chilli had eclipsed the existing American record holder Carolina Reaper by a clear margin.
Originally intended to be a thing of beauty rather than a sensory beast, the peppers measure a formidable 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, ahead of the 2.2 million achieved by the Carolina Reaper.
But the 53-year-old insisted he had never set out to breed a particularly hot-tasting plant, and that he is not even a fan of spicy food.
The one-metre-high tree was on Wednesday night being installed at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London showground, where it will be in contention for the Plant of the Year award.
It was grown in collaboration with scientists from Nottingham Trent University, who believe oil from the chilli’s is so potent it could act as an alternative anaesthetic for those allergic to conventional drugs.
Mr. Smith said “I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned," he said. "I spat it out in about 10 seconds. The heat intensity just grows.”
Experts believe that anyone who attempted to swallow one of the chilli peppers would be at risk of death from anaphylactic shock.
“It was a complete accident but I’m chuffed to bits - it’s a lovely looking tree,” said Mr Smith, who has been competitively show-gardening for eight years.
The Dragon’s Breath is so powerful that one drop of its capsaicin oil would be detectable in 2.48 million drops of water. By contrast, US Army Pepper Spray, used to blind and disorientate assailants, measures only 2 million on the Scoville scale.
He has applied to Guinness World Records and is currently awaiting confirmation that the chilli is the world's hottest. ***
Stay tuned...Sandia Seed will definitely be offering this little beast IF it proves itself and becomes available!