Welsh Farmer discovers World's Hottest Chilli Pepper, accidentally!

by House of Scoville
June 06, 2017

Dragon's breath chilliWhat do you get when you cross a chilli plant with a farmer who dislikes spicy foods but happens to have a knack for gardening? Why, the world’s hottest chilli of course! It sounds like the start of a bad joke but this is no laughing matter. The only one laughing will be the world’s hottest new chilli, the Dragon’s Breath, as it watches you succumb to its intensely burning heated hot hotness.

It’s not uncommon to feel that you have a bit of a green thumb when your favourite plant is looking happy or your prize flowers are blooming like nobody’s business. Maybe you even consider yourself as having a green thumb just by keeping the grass alive! Regardless, some gardening gurus have an added stroke of luck that turns the ordinary into extraordinary. Take the below gentleman who managed to grow not only a beautiful looking tree but a record-breaking chilli plant as well, and that without even having a fondness for the hotter things in life.  

Dragon's Breath chilliA Welsh fruit grower by the name of Mike Smith received a good helping of luck when his chilli plant, developed in collaboration with a team at Nottingham University, managed to sprout some very hot chillies – so hot that this spicy houseplant is in the running to become the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s hottest chilli. These peppers, although initially intended to be grown as part of a prize-winning entry for the Chelsea Flower Show, measure an intense 2.48 million Scoville heat units. That’s even hotter than the infamous Carolina Reaper!

Mr. Smith’s green thumb has turned red for the better and these chillies are to die for – literally. This chilli is so hot that swallowing just one could lead to death by anaphylactic shock as the plant will burn your throat up, causing your airways to close. It’s precisely this characteristic of the plant that has led to the belief that oil from the plant could play an important role within the medical industry. Applications for the Dragon’s Breath chilli oil could include acting as a topical anaesthetic for those who have allergic reactions to the anaesthetic options currently on the market. The heat of the chilli is by no means to be compared to its small size, although with the Dragon’s Breath measuring in at just about fingernail size it’s easy to be fooled.  

The world’s newest contender in the hot chilli realm adorns a tree just one metre tall and will now be displayed at the Royal Horticultural Society of London. Here it competes for the Plant of the Year award while steaming away blissfully in its hot-headed state. Sadly, the plant’s magnificent claim to fame is also its undoing. This Dragon’s Breath chilli is so hot that it simply isn’t intended for commercial consumption - yet. All we chilliheads can do now is hold our hot breaths and wait for it to hopefully hit the chilli market one day!

In the meantime, here's where to find your super hot sauces.

Image credit: Daily Post Wales



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