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World’s Hottest Chilli Pepper on Sale at Tesco

World’s Hottest Chilli Pepper on Sale at Tesco
July 20
12:29 2016

Tesco has launched Carolina Reaper, the hottest chilli pepper in the world according to the Guinness Book Of Records, measuring an average 1.5 million Scoville units. However, another independent test is reported to have recorded the heat level of the Carolina Reaper – which is being commercially grown in Bedfordshire – at an incredible, mouth numbing 2.2 million Scovilles.

To give some idea of the phenomenal heat – it is about more than 400 times hotter than a jalapeno, the chilli pepper commonly used on spicy take away or supermarket made pizzas.

Tesco chilli pepper buyer Phoebe Burgess says: “Despite it being astonishingly hot it also has a wonderful fruity taste. Only a sliver is needed to add exciting flavour to your favourite curry. Last year the Komodo Dragon became our most popular chilli pepper ever and since then we’ve been inundated with requests from customers to see if we could go one better and thanks to the fantastic growing skills of our chilli producer we’ve done that.”

The Carolina Reaper is being grown by the UK’s largest producer of chilli peppers, Salvatore Genovese whose seven acre farm is based in Blunham, Bedfordshire. Salvatore Genovese only started growing chilli peppers 15 years ago after he took over his parents’ cucumber business. Since then chilli peppers have become so popular that he now grows about one million, or 15 tonnes, each week just to satisfy UK demand.

Tesco has become well known for its top of the heat range chilli peppers and over the last few years has stocked the Trinidad Scorpion, Bhut Jolokia and Bedfordshire Super Naga.

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