It was. Until August 2023, the Carolina Reaper was the Hottest Pepper in the World. But, Pepper X recently won the crown in August 2023 – averaging at 2.69 million SHU in Winthrop University's past five years of tests. Now, Pepper X is now the champion of hot peppers according to Guinness World Records.
There have been other peppers rumoured to be hotter than the Reaper, but none have been proven or have been awarded the Guinness World Record prize until August 2023. Among these peppers is the Dragon's Breath Pepper and the new champion in 2023, Pepper X. The new yellow-green Pepper X is now the champion of the world for being the hottest at 2.69 million scovilles.
While you can't grow the 2023 champ Pepper X yet as the seeds are patented and not for sale currently, you can read more about Pepper X »
Don't worry, you can still grow the former champion (also bred by Ed Currie,) the infamous Carolina Reaper, shown cut in half in the picture, is LOADED with heat – check out the droplet of capsaicin oil in top left of pic! This Carolina Reaper means business!
Time will tell if any peppers beat out Pepper X. We'll of course keep you attuned of any new developments in the hot pepper world, but for now, Pepper X is going to wear the crown.
Side fact: The Carolina Reaper beat the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" pepper in 2013 to claim the record for being the World's Hottest Pepper.
No matter what hot pepper seeds you grow, you're sure to set fire to any salsa, hot sauce or recipes by adding any of these wicked little beasts!