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Carolina Reaper (f)

Carolina Reaper (Dried chilli)
speciesCapsicum chinense
varietyCarolina Reaper
heat [SHU]1,500,000 - 2,200,000
average length x diameter [mm]40 x 30
average fruit weight [g]4.5
average plant height x diameter [cm]120 x 60
originUSA, South Carolina

fruit:

  • length 3-5 cm, diameter: 2-4 cm
  • irregular shape similar to Naga Viper pepper
  • markedly wrinkled fruit with a typical pointed outgrowth resembling the tail of a scorpion

plant:

  • rather spacious and spreading bush with a firm crown
  • up to 150 cm tall and 90 cm in diameter
  • larger, oblong, deep green leaves
  • white flowers

cultivation:

  • the seeds germinate in 14 days at 28°C, or even over 4 weeks at lower temperatures
  • the flowers sometimes present with lower percentage of pollination
  • fits among the varieties trickier to cultivate
  • best results in a glass or plastic green-house

use:

  • very hot sauce
  • dried, crushed and ground peppers make for an exclusive spice
  • CAUTION: extreme heat even in trace amounts!

curiosities:

  • 2013: Guiness world record holder for the hottest chilli
  • cross-breed between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper
  • breeder: Ed Currie from South Carolina, owner of PuckerButt Pepper company (USA)

synonyms:

  • HP22B

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