The New Spiciest Pepper in the World Could Actually Kill You

Bryan Brandom
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Scoot your wrinkly, snot-inducing butt, Carolina Reaper, because there’s a new spiciest chili pepper in the world: the Dragon’s Breath chili pepper.

The pepper, developed by hobby grower Mike Smith and Nottingham University, registers at 2.48 million Scoville heat units. The Carolina Reaper, formerly the world’s hottest chili, sits at 2.2 million.

Probably because the Carolina Reaper is so hot it will do this to your lungs, the Dragon’s Breath has yet to be consumed.

“It’s not been tried orally,” said Smith, 53. “I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds.

“The heat intensity just grows.”

Smith told Wales’ Daily Post the pepper was created as a cheap alternative for those who are allergic to anesthetic.

“This was developed because a lot of people are allergic to anaesthetic, and this can be applied to the skin because it is so strong it numbs it,” he said.

According to, ingestion of the chili could burn one’s airway to the point that it fatally swells shut.

Smith said he’s expecting a letter from the Guinness Book of World Records confirming its status as the new world’s spiciest chili pepper.

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