The Hottest Chilli in the World was created In Wales Accidentally

A chilli so hot it might kill you.

This is not your average chilli. It’s so hot that no one in the world has actually tried it for fear of dying.

The chilli, named Dragon's Breath, has surpassed the previous record holder, the aptly named: Carolina Reaper. Purely by accident, created by a Welsh farmer called Mike Smith. A competitive show-gardener and fruit grower from Denbighshire, Wales, Smith never intended to give birth to the chilli; he was only trying to grow a chilli tree that looked nice enough to enter the UK’s, Chelsea Flower Show.

“It was a complete accident, but I’m chuffed to bits – it’s a lovely looking tree,” Mr Smith

The tree was grown in collaboration with the research team from the Nottingham Trent University as part of study testing chillies as an anaesthetic. The team verified the chilli’s rank as number one with a rating of 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale. The scale measures heat in units. One drop of oil from this chilli can be detected in 2.48 million drops of water.  For reference, pepper spray is two million.


According to the researchers, if you try to eat this chilli you will most likely die from asphyxiation; go into anaphylactic shock and die.

What the scientists were actually after when they helped Smith grow the tree was the capsaicin oil. The oil from this chilli is so concentrated that it has the ability to numb skin, making it an excellent anaesthetic. Particularly good for those who have an allergy to painkillers or for the developing world where there is no funding for anaesthetics. 

"I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue, and it just burned and burned," Smith said. I spat it out in about 10 seconds. The heat intensity just grows."

Good for medicine, not so good for the taste buds.

header: Carolina Reaper, shutterstock

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