Some people do it for the challenge, others are genuinely interested in the flavor, but one thing is for sure, you can count me right out of this trend!
The Carolina Reaper is believed to be the hottest pepper in the world, and it even looks frightening!
It's part of the Capsicum chinense plant family, and it surpassed the previous hottest pepper in 2013 when Guinness World Records said it was even hotter than the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T".
Peppers are ranked on the Scoville scale, which measures the spicy heat (pungency) of chili peppers. It deals with the capsaicin concentration in each plant, which is what causes the burning sensation when you eat it.
A bell pepper ranks 0 on the scale, as it is mostly water content. Jalapeno peppers are as spicy as most people feel comfortable going, and that ranks between 3,500-10,00 Scoville heat units (SHU).
Carolina Reapers? They are reported up to 2,480,000 SHU. That's in the millions, folks.
So what does it look like to eat one? I'm so glad you asked...