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World's hottest pepper: Believe it or not, it's grown in the United States

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One may think that the world's hottest pepper would come from a foreign region of the world or someplace very remote. That isn't true at all as the world's hottest pepper has been revealed and it comes from right in the United States. On Dec. 27, 2013, NDTV Cooks revealed that the world's hottest pepper actually comes from South Carolina.

Ed Currie holds his world-record "Carolina Reaper" peppers by the stem because they do have the right to be called the world's hottest pepper.

One end of the pepper is bumpy, oily, and fire-engine red so that should be a big warning right off the bat. The other warning is that the stem is curled and looks a bit like the tail of a scorpion so there is your other sign of danger.

In Nov. 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records determined that Currie's Carolina Reapers were the world's hottest peppers and it put a halt to a four-year search for something hotter.

The Carolina Reapers are said to be almost as potent as the pepper sprays used by police departments.

Students at Winthrop University test food as part of their undergraduate classes, and they were unfortunate enough to tests the world's hottest peppers. They certified the heat that came from the dangerous looking fruits.

The heat of a pepper is measure in Scoville Heat Units with zero being bland and a regular jalapeno pepper registering somewhere around 5,000. Currie's Carolina Reapers have a Schoville Heat Unit of 1,569,300.

One individual pepper actually measured in at 2.2 million which is right at the comparable level of pepper spray which registers at two million.

"I haven't tried Ed's peppers. I am afraid to," Winthrop University professor Cliff Calloway said. "I bite into a jalapeno - that's too hot for me."

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