Ed Currie, founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, has cultivated Pepper X, officially declared the world’s spiciest pepper by Guinness World Records. Extensive tests at Winthrop University in South Carolina 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. To put this in perspective, the jalapeño typically 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’s unwavering dedication has led to the creation of both Pepper X and the former record-holder, the Carolina Reaper. However, Pepper X now reigns supreme in the pepper world. Winthrop University’s rigorous trials unveiled Pepper X’s exceptional potency, setting an unprecedented standard for spiciness. This triumph is the result of over a decade of determined crossbreeding efforts, pushing the boundaries of capsaicin content to extraordinary levels. With Pepper X’s fiery kick being a privilege for a select few, its recognition as the world’s spiciest pepper solidifies Currie’s pursuit of perfection. This victory cements Puckerbutt Pepper Company’s legacy in chili pepper history, leaving no doubt about Pepper X’s unmatched heat.