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Pepper X: Meet the New World’s Hottest Pepper

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Bored of bland food and boring dates? Pepper X, the pepper that’s hotter than your ex’s texts, and maybe your current dating app matches combined, will definitely spice up your life. This fiery little devil, hailing from the chili pepper paradise of Fort Mill, South Carolina, has officially stolen the “World’s Hottest Pepper” title with a scorching 2.69 million Scoville Heat Units.

From the twisted mind of chili pepper scientist, ‘Smokin’ Ed Currie, Pepper X is so hot, that it’ll make you doubt your sanity and question all of your life choices (but in a good way). Even though it packs intense heat, it’s countered by a surprising sweetness and faint fruity notes that will have you coming back for more, time and time again.

At Sonoran, we’re always looking for new culinary challenges, and Pepper X has quickly become one of our favorites. With this pepper, our dishes take on a whole new level of taste, guaranteeing that there will never be a dull moment at the dinner table.

If you’re ready to ditch the bland and embrace the burn, read on to learn about the latest trend in cooking.

Pepper X: The New Guinness World Record Holder

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In October 2023, Guinness World Records acknowledged Pepper X as the spiciest pepper ever independently verified. This unique pepper, developed by Ed Currie over the course of ten years, boasts an average Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of 2.693 million. It significantly surpasses the Carolina Reaper, the former titleholder, which was also bred by Currie.

What is the Scoville Scale?

While “hot” is a relative term (just ask anyone who’s ever sat on a leather car seat in the summer), there is a scientific method for measuring a pepper’s spiciness. This is where the Scoville scale comes in, serving as the gold standard for determining the heat level of chili peppers.

Think of it as a pepper power ranking, where each pepper is assigned a numerical value based on its concentration of capsaicinoids. Capsaicinoids, those mischievous little compounds responsible for the burn, are measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The higher the SHU, the hotter the pepper.

So, where does our fiery friend Pepper X land on this scale? With a mind-blowing 2.69 million SHU, it sits comfortably at the top, leaving the competition in a puddle of spicy tears.

To put Pepper X’s heat into perspective, the Carolina Reaper, the former reigning champ, is a mere 1.569,3000 million SHU. And your average jalapeño? Let’s just say it’s feeling a little chili… as in chilly, ranging from just 2,000 to 8,000 SHU.

The creator, Ed Currie, is one of the few brave souls to have chomped down on this pepper raw. By all reports, the experience involves an immediate blast of heat followed by hours of not-so-pleasant tummy troubles. But they say no pain, no gain, right? And for those who can handle the heat, Pepper X offers a surprisingly complex flavor with unexpected hints of sweetness and fruity notes.

The Scorching Science of Pepper X

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So, what exactly crowns Pepper X as the king of heat? The secret lies in capsaicinoids, those natural compounds we mentioned above that give chili peppers their fiery kick. These molecules latch onto a specific receptor in mammals, setting off a pain response that our brains translate as intense heat.

Pepper X resulted from intense crossbreeding, merging a pepper with a distinct capsaicinoid profile with the powerful Carolina Reaper. This blend produced an extraordinary concentration of capsaicinoids, propelling Pepper X to the top of the Scoville scale.

Let’s Talk About Pepper Breeding

Now that we understand the science of capsaicinoids, let’s talk about the actual breeding. Creating a pepper like Pepper X isn’t as easy as sprinkling some seeds and hoping for the best. Currie’s process is a blend of science, patience, and a dash of madness. He has dedicated years to perfecting his craft, cross-pollinating different pepper varieties to isolate and amplify the traits he desires.

Cross-pollination involves transferring pollen from one plant to another to combine traits from both parent plants. This is often done by hand, to ensure only the best traits are carried forward. Once the plant develops, the seeds are collected and replanted. The plants are then grown in controlled environments to monitor their development and ensure stability.

Each generation of these plants is carefully monitored and evaluated. The resulting seeds are harvested, planted, and grown. This cycle is repeated over eight to twelve generations to stabilize the plant, ensuring each new generation consistently retains the desired characteristics—be it the searing heat, complex flavor, or unique appearance.

While Ed might be the mad scientist behind the world’s hottest pepper, he’s not just a one-trick pony obsessed with heat. In fact, flavor and appearance are top priorities at Ed’s company, PuckerButt Pepper, making up a whopping 99% of their breeding efforts. A prime example is the “UFO bonnet,” a chocolate scotch bonnet pepper with a unique shape and a flavor that’s out of this world (pun intended). 

So, while Pepper X might be the king of heat, it’s clear that Currie is equally passionate about crafting peppers that excite the taste buds in more ways than one.

Can You Cook with Pepper X?

Finding fresh Pepper X for sale online or in your local grocery store is unlikely, and even if you could, cooking with it is a whole different ball game. This pepper requires extreme caution. Handling Pepper X safely means using kitchen gloves, goggles, and possibly even a gas mask. The burn from this chili can be severe and long-lasting, with common remedies barely making a dent.

So, unless you’re a seasoned pepper professional, we strongly advise against cooking with Pepper X at home. It’s best left to the experts who can safely harness its intense heat without the risk of a fiery disaster in your kitchen.

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Where to Find Pepper X for Sale?

While you might not be able to find fresh Pepper X at your local grocery store, you can still experience its intense heat through a variety of products. At Sonoran Spice, we’ve got a range of items that let you enjoy the fiery kick of Pepper X without the need for kitchen gloves, goggles, and possibly an emergency room.

Puckerbutt Pepper X Gator Hot Sauce – $16.95 (originally $29.95)

This Pepper X Gator hot sauce, made with Pepper X Pepper Mash, Yellow Super Hot Pepper Mash, Distilled Vinegar, and Pepper Powder, delivers an intense heat and bold flavor that’ll blow your socks off.

Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Salsa – $11.95

Experience an intense blast of heat with every bite of Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Salsa. This fiery blend combines tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and the aromatic flavors of garlic, cumin, and coriander. Ideal for those who love a spicy kick, it’s great for adding some serious heat to your tacos, nachos, burgers, or any meal that could use a hot upgrade.

The Duel Pepper X Chip Challenge – $14.95

Take your snacking to the next level with The Duel Pepper X Challenge Chips. These chips are designed for those who crave extreme heat and are ready to test their spice limits. Challenge a friend to see who can handle the heat the longest without grabbing a drink and enjoy the rush that follows.

Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Taco Sauce – $11.95

Looking to spice up taco night? Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Taco Sauce brings the heat with the world’s hottest pepper and a mix of tomatoes, vinegar, lime juices, garlic, and onion powder. This sauce guarantees a great taste with a fiery, mouth-watering kick that will elevate every bite.

Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Table Sauce – $11.95

This table sauce packs a fiery punch, balanced with a tangy vinegar base, a hint of salt, and black pepper for added depth. This combination creates a rich, layered flavor that’s perfect for those looking to spice up dinner time.

Puckerbutt Gator Pepper X Extreme Hot Sauce – $19.95

The Puckerbutt Gator sauce features Pepper X Mash, Distilled Vinegar, and Carolina Reaper peppers. If you want to inflict delicious pain on your taste buds, this is the way to do it.

Smokin’ Ed’s Special Reserve Pepper X Hot Sauce – $11.95

This fiery condiment uses Pepper X, Carolina Reaper, Super Hot Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Pepper Powder, and Pepper Distillate. It’s pure hell and will definitely push you to your limits, but you’ll love every scorching drop.

Smokin’ Ed’s Pepper X Wing Thing Hot Sauce – $6.95

Smokin’ Ed’s Wing Thing Pepper X Hot Sauce combines intense heat with sweet and savory flavors for a gourmet twist. The tangy cider vinegar, sweet honey, and brown sugar perfectly complement the heat of Pepper X. Toss with crispy wings or drizzle over grilled meats and veggies for an explosive flavor boost.

Puckerbutt eXtra Mean Green Pepper X Hot Sauce – $14.95

A green, mean, multi-dimensional flavor. Amidst the intense spiciness, you’ll find hints of citrus, herbal notes, and a touch of garlic. Just a few drops can elevate tacos, wings, or cocktails.

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Discover Pepper X with Sonoran Spice

Ready to turn up the heat? At Sonoran Spice, we carry the fiery power of the world’s hottest pepper with a variety of products that are as delicious as they are daring.

Whether you’re looking to spice up your tacos, challenge your friends with a chip duel, or simply add a touch of intense heat to your favorite dishes, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Pepper X collection and let your taste buds experience the thrill of a Guinness World Record.

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