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Carolina Reaper

(Capsicum chinense)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy






Carolina Reaper (Capsicum chinense)

This is an extremely hot variety developed by a grower named Ed Currie. It is also called HP22B pepper. As of 2013 it is over 7 generations old. Ed created this chile plant variety by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero type from St Vincents Island in the West Indies. It is similar in looks to the Trinidad 7 Pot Primo.

It has been Scoville tested at Winthrop University and found by them to have an average heat level of over 1,400,000. These chile plants grow slow in the beginning like Nagas but are very productive. The Carolina Reaper chile plant has a nice fruity flavor similar to other superhots like the 7 Pot. The Carolina Reaper can grow to a height over 4 feet tall.

At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid cross-pollination with other chile species. If you want to try it yourself contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).

We also grow the Trinidad 7 Pot, Trinidad Scorpion, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant varieties!