On the Scoville Scale, the Carolina Reaper pepper has an average Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of1,641,000with some individual peppers topping out at an incredible 2,200,000 SHU.
To give you an idea of how hot this pepper is compared to other common peppers. A bell pepper has a SHU of 0 as it has no heat. A common jalapeño has a SHU of around 2,500 - 6,000 SHU. Whereas habanero peppers range anywhere from 100,000 to 350,000 SHU.
Carolina Reaper Peppers are a crossbreed between a ghost pepper anda red habanero pepper. As such, it has a sweet fruity flavor. The heat hits you instantly. Your skin begins to sweat and the intense pain in your mouth is unbearable. Luckily this pain subsides in about 10 minutes.
Why buy the powder over the flakes or whole peppers?
Dissolves easily making for a more constant heat level throughout the dish.
The powderis the combination of thousands of Carolina Reaper peppers. The heat level will be the average heat level of those peppers. This allows us to provide you with a more consistent product for use in recipes. While the heat level will vary from crop to crop the variation will be less noticeable compared to purchasing the whole peppers where heat differences betweeneachsingle pepper will be much greater.
Cheaper to ship compared to whole peppers. The volume of powder is much less than the volume of whole peppers and flakes.