When I was walking down the aisle of Tesco supermarket browsing the spice section, I noted that they had packs of the Carolina Reaper chilli available for purchase. One of the things I do like to do is to buy things to try with my wife. And Carolina Reaper being one of the hottest chilli in the world (and in fact was the hottest chilli in the world a while ago), I felt it was worth a try.
Each pack has 3 of the Carolina Reaper chillies for the cost of £1.99, so it is not exactly cheap. But if you consider that these chillies are rated on average at over 1.5 million Scovilles, but peaks at 2.2 million Scovilles. This definitely makes it hotter than the previous chilli we had grown and eaten: Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (max 2 million Scovilles) and Ghost chilli Bhut Jolokia (max 1 million Scovilles).
These chilli are not particularly large in size, but one piece was enough for the meal we had with 3 other families recently. And everyone was impressed with how hot this chilli is – definitely packs a real kick. And the best thing was that my wife really liked it. The chilli heat was not very in your face unlike the Ghost chilli which hits you the instant it enters the mouth, but this one builds up and penetrates deep into the tongue, and lasts and lasts. This definitely packs the heat of which I have not experienced for over 1 or 2 years now.
The packaging does describe this as a super hot chilli, which is exactly the type I would buy for my wife to try. And it is almost guaranteed that you will feel the heat when you go to evacuate your bowels, as this chilli does reduce the gut transit time and increase the frequency of going to the toilet.
Definitely like this chilli and would buy it again – and probably will blend this with other chillies to make a lovely blend.