How Does The Scoville Scale Measure The Exact Hotness Of A Pepper?
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The world's hottest chili ever measured "Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper" rates a whopping 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units.
Red peppers have been domesticated for 7,000 years, but the race for surface-of-the-sun supremacy is a newer pursuit ... as is the sport-like interest in consuming them (the amount of hot peppers eaten by Americans has increased eight percent in less than five years, according to the Department of Agriculture). The novelty is only enhanced by the practice of naming the Scoville scale-topping specimens with the scariest names possible; prior to the Carolina Reaper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (so hot "you might be better off eating an actual scorpion") held the title. (See also: this classic Simpsons reference.)
The Guatemalan Insanity Pepper!
Ha! Why would anyone even THINK to eat that?