Fun Fact Friday: Where did the name Carolina Reaper come from?
Posted on December 03 2020,
Where did the name Carolina Reaper come from?
The Carolina Reaper is in the Guinness World Records book as the hottest pepper on earth. It clocks in at an amazing 1.6 to 2.2 million Scoville Heat Units (SHUs) which is about 640 – 880 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Ed Currie is the guy who invented this pepper, a cross between a “really nastily hot” La Soufriere pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and a Naga Viper pepper from Pakistan.
So how did it get its name the ‘Carolina Reaper’? The ‘Carolina’ comes from the state in which Ed Currie resides and developed the pepper: South Carolina. And it is named Reaper due to the shape of its tail which resembles a scythe most famously carried by the Grim Reaper.