Culinary notes: How does one use such a super-hot pepper? Hot sauce is a favourite way to use the Carolina Reaper and our powder form is the perfect ingredient for dry rubs on BBQ meats. Carolina Reapers are squattier and more textured than their ancestors the Red Habanero and Ghost Pepper. Every Carolina Reaper has a long, thin branch at the bottom of the pod, which is known as “the scorpion’s tail” due to its resemblance to a stinger. These peppers typically have a diameter of three-fourths-inch to one-and-a-half inches. We harvest the Carolina Reaper Chillies at their peak ripeness, dry them to lock in flavour, and carefully grind them into a powder for your use.
Healthy benefits: All chillies contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation, and helping with weight loss. Some people are concerned that because the Carolina Reaper is so hot, it could actually kill them. This is false. Although eating a Carolina Reaper causes your pain receptors to react as if you are experiencing pain, it's only an illusion. The Reaper won't do any damage unless you have an allergy or an ulcer. You should not have a problem eating the Carolina Reaper unless you know that spicy foods and hot peppers negatively affect your health.
Origin: Clocking at a massive 2.2 million on the heat Scoville scale, the Carolina Reaper has a sweet, fruity taste. When you first taste the powder of one of these peppers (if you're brave enough to do so), you'll taste these flavours before the spiciness. Some people detect hints of cinnamon and even chocolate. When the fruity flavour passes, you'll start to feel the intense burn that only the Carolina Reaper can deliver.
- 100% dried and ground Carolina Reaper Chillies
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How to use:
- Combine with other chillies to create a complex depth of flavour and heat
- Used as a key ingredient in moles, tamales, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need a bit of extra heat.
- Add to cold oil and bring to low heat to make a super-hot chilli oil
- Only a little is needed at a time to make a big, hot impact!
- Combine with salt in a shaker to make a delicious, spicy seasoning for finishing food
- Add a very small pinch to your chocolate sauces or puddings for a fiery kick that pairs beautifully with dark chocolate