“We have raised the bar for heat intensity by surpassing the current world record holder, the Butch T. Trinidad Scorpion”
This is the statement of Ed Currie, founder of the PuckerButt Pepper Company last August 27 when a manufacturer and distributor of all natural chili pepper products and seeds, PuckerButt Pepper Company, launched the debut of the world’s hottest pepper : Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper. The world’s hottest pepper is like an inappropriate scorpion tail. It has a crinkled and oily red color –beating out the previous title holder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion by more than 300 units .The Associated Press reports that the record is for the hottest batch of Currie’s pepper tested, filed as HP22B or ‘Higher Power, Pot No. 22 Plant B’.
The declared statement was supported by Analytic chemist Cliff Calloway, Ph.D., M.S., B.A. from Winthrop University when he conducted an experiment and tested the seed pods over a four-year testing period. He found out that the Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper pepper has an averaged of 1.474 million on the Scoville Scale rating, 280 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Scoville Scale Index is one of the ways to measure the heat intensity and the number of Scoville heat units (SHU). It indicates the amount of capsaicin present in each pepper. Pure capsaicin has close Scoville rating of 16 million. Moreover, a study was conducted by American pharmacist Wilber Scoville in 1912 and this study is called the Scoville Organoleptic Test. Back then it was based on human responses but now machines measure the amount of capsaicin.
What are the benefits of hot peppers?
Peppers are known to be good provider of fibers, vitamins A,C, K and minerals molybdenum and manganese. They also contain a nutritious amount of lycopene(known to mitigate ovarian cancer) and lutein and zeaxanthin. Also various researches supported that the elements found in pepper can prevent and cure eye disorders like cataracts and macular degeneration.
The hotter the pepper, the better it is.
Capsaicin is colorless, flavorless, odorless and pepper’s capsaicin level is directly proportional to its antioxidant that’s why the hotter the more healthier the pepper is. Spicy peppers release endorphins or also called as the pleasure hormone. A person becomes more desensitized to it’s hot effect. In history, Aztec and Mayan civilizations considered chilli peppers aphrodisiac.
Currently, many researchers are pursuing experiments to find other individual health benefits brought by capsaicin. Researchers are trying to prove that capsaicin will have the following benefits: anti-flammatory benefits, protective effects in the liver and the lungs against tissue damage,analgesic properties and reducing pain associated with osteoarthiritis. Moreover, there are existing researches and studies conducted on animals that prove and suggested that capsaicin can kill lung, pancreatic and prostrate cancer cells.
Have your own recipe now of hot peppers. Below is a suggested recipe of salsa that will prove to provide a healthy, spicy kick to your menu plan.
• 5-6 peaches
• 1lb cantaloupe
• 12 oz. mango
• 12 oz. strawberries
• 1 cup pineapple
• 2 limes (juiced) fresh
• 0.5 oz. fresh cilantro
• 2 tsp. honey granules or 2 tsp stevia
• 1/2 tsp. sea salt
• 3 jalapenos *
• 3 banana peppers *
• 1 Habanero pepper *