(May 22, 2017): A British farmer says he’s grown a chili pepper so insanely hot, one bite could kill you. Welsh plant grower Mike Smith from St. Asaph, Denbighshire is calling his new creation the “Dragon’s Breath” chili.
Created with help from Nottingham Trent University, the new pepper has a Scoville scale rating of 2.4 million heat units—blasting away the world’s current record holder, the Carolina Reaper, which scores about 1.5 million on the Scoville scale.
The pepper itself is so hot, says the farmer, that it’s not meant for consumption but rather could be used as a natural anesthetic in developing countries where people may not have access to chemical versions. The oil from the pepper is so intensely fiery that it can reportedly numb the skin.
“It’s not been tried orally. I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds,” Smith told. “The heat intensity just grows.”