The worlds hottest chilli! clocking at a massive 2.2 million on the heat scoville scale,
This chilli is not for the faint-hearted, remember to always be cautious when you’re cooking with hot peppers; wear gloves while handling and cutting Carolina Reapers to avoid getting burned by the chilli oil.
The Carolina Reaper has a sweet, fruity taste. When you first bite into 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.
How does one use such a super-hot pepper? Hot sauce is a favourite way to consume the Carolina Reaper. If you really like your heat, you can cook with the whole pepper. Carolina Reapers also make great pepper flakes and are the perfect ingredient for dry
rubs on BBQ meats.
The Carolina Reaper is a cross between a red Ghost Pepper and the Red Habanero, two peppers that are both hot in their own right, despite the fact that neither one makes the World’s Hottest Peppers List currently.
The original Carolina Reaper was red, and this remains the most common color today. However, chocolate, yellow, and peach Carolina Reapers also exist. Even red peppers will start out as green and turn orange before becoming a deep red. Through each three of these phases, the pepper’s flavor and heat will increase. So, if you pick your pepper while it’s still orange (and eat it before it turns red), it won’t carry the same pungent heat as a red pepper.
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.
Culinary Notes :
- The whole dried pod can be ground in a blender (with or without the hot seeds, depending on heat preferences).
- You can also rehydrate them by pouring boiling-hot water over them and steeping for about 20 minutes.
- They can then be added to any stew, bean or rice dish. Try adding shredded ghost chilli flakes to you next pasta dish and appreciate the super heat kick.
- 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.
All chillis 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.
If you don’t normally eat spicy foods, it’s probably not a great idea to go straight for a Carolina Reaper. Instead, ease yourself into eating the Carolina Reaper by trying more mild peppers like the jalapeno first. But if you’re experimenting and discover you can’t take the heat, a glass of milk should help you recover.
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