Saturday, October 25th
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Bring your scariest pumpkin and spiciest chili to our Pumpkin Carving Contest and Chili Cook Off! We'll have prizes and two categories, one for kids and one for adults. The winners will be chosen by popular choice, so come and vote for your favorites.
What's the World's Hottest Chili Pepper?
Competition for the title of World's Hottest Chili Pepper is as intense as the peppers themselves. Spiciness in chilies is measured by the Scoville Scale. Invented in 1912 by an American pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville Scale measures the concentration of capsaicinoids, the chemical compounds that are responsible for the sensation we recognize as 'hot' or 'spicy.' A Bell Pepper rates at the bottom of the scale with zero Scoville units, not spicy at all. Hotter stuff like Tabasco sauce or jalapeno peppers come in around at 2,500 units. But that's just the beginning when it comes to extreme peppers.
In 2007 the title of World's Hottest Pepper was held by the formidable Ghost Pepper - the Bhut Jolokia from India. The Ghost Pepper weighs in at around 1,041,427 Scoville units, or over 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The Ghost Pepper held the title for five years before being dethroned in 2012, by the Moruga Scorpion from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The Scorpion nearly doubled the Ghost Pepper's heat with a whopping Scoville rating of 2 million units.
You would think that would be hot enough for anyone, but not Smokin' Ed Currie. Ed spent 10 years developing a potent hybrid of the Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chilies. In 2013 the Guiness Book of World Records crowned Ed's Frankenstein monster of a chili, the Carolina Reaper, the World's Hottest Chili Pepper. The Guiness chemists found that the Carolina Reaper had a chemical composition similar to pepper spray, tipping the scales at nearly 2,200,000 Scoville units.
But even that seems to be too mild for some. Already there are whispers of a new challenger to the throne, the mysterious Chocolate Bhutlah. Though it hasn't been scientifically tested, some say the Bhutlah makes the Carolina Reaper look like a strawberry. Will it have enough fire power to bring down the Reaper and claim the title World's Hottest Chili Pepper? Stay tuned, true believers!
If you want to try the World's Hottest Pepper for yourself, you can find Carolina Reaper seeds and products at Ed Currie's Puckerbutt Pepper Company. But we hasten to add, as Ed's own page says, " CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION!" If you'd rather experience the heat second hand, check out this account of eating three (!) Carolina Reapers from Bon Appetit.