The Carolina Reaper pepper, developed, bred and grown by Ed Currie and his company The Pucker Butt Pepper Company in the USA, is well on course to take the title of the World’s Hottest Chilli.
To create a stable new variety takes many seasons of growing the plant, selecting the seed and re-growing, and Ed has been doing just that. New varieties don’t just appear overnight as the plants have to have the ability to grow “true” to the original parent, in plant growth, pod shape and heat levels. That all takes time.
The Carolina Reaper has now been released and seeds are available to buy, but from only two stockists, Ed himself at The Pucker Butt Pepper Company and also Pepper Joe, where I got my seeds from.
Read more about it here.
(Article abridged from Chile Foundry (www.chilefoundry.com)