Ed Currie, founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, has grown Pepper X, officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the spiciest pepper. Tests at Winthrop University revealed an average of 2.69 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU) for Pepper X, surpassing the Carolina Reaper’s previous record of 1.64 million SHU. For comparison, a jalapeño measures between 3,000 to 8,000 SHU. The Scoville Heat Units scale, established in 1912, is the standard for measuring pepper spiciness based on capsaicin concentration.

Ed Currie worked really hard on Pepper X and the Carolina Reaper. Now, Pepper X is the spiciest. Winthrop University’s strict tests showed Pepper X is amazingly spicy. This comes after more than ten years of hard work and determined efforts to make it really spicy. Only a few can handle Pepper X’s kick. Recognizing it as the spiciest pepper shows that Ed Currie’s hard work paid off. This victory makes sure Puckerbutt Pepper Company is remembered in chili pepper history, and it proves Pepper X is the spiciest, without a doubt.