The hottest pepper in the world in 2023 is now Pepper X!
However, you CANNOT buy Pepper X seeds or grow the plants, they are patented by the developer of the hot pod, Ed Currie. It doesn't sound like he's planning on releasing them anytime soon or ever. So, in the meantime, grow his infamous predecessor, the Carolina Reaper, which held the Guinness World Record crown from 2013-2023.
The Carolina Reaper was the Guinness world record holder for being the hottest pepper in the world from 2013-2023. Over the years, lots of other "new" peppers such as the Dragon's Breath and Pepper X tried to gain the crown – and Pepper X succeeded in Oct 2023, acquiring the Guinness World Record Crown in October 2023) .
So yes, in time, another pepper will claim the Guinness world record to be HOTTER than the Carolina Reaper, but the Reaper was the hottest pepper in the world from 2013-2023, and she's a beast!
Our Carolina Reaper Seeds are also likely to be the cheapest Carolina Reaper seeds in the world, too! Lots of other pepper seed companies sell them at higher cost. But while inexpensive, these quality seeds have great germination and the price is right, too!
Looking for more super hot peppers?
There are lots of other super hot peppers that rival Carolina Reapers in their world-record-holding heat, so don't stop at the Reaper if you want some extra hot spice growing in your garden.
Check out our
List of Peppers by Heat »