Welsh breeder Mike Smith claims to have created the pepper so hot that it can actually kill a man, and he decided to name it appropriately – “Dragon’s Breath,” according to Hina.
Dragon’s Breath has 2.5 million units on the Scoville scale of spiciness, which is enough to cause anaphylactic shock and death for some people – at least according to what Smith told the “Daily Post.” The report states that Smith already reported this pepper to Guinness World Records and he is currently waiting for a response on whether it was officially declared to be the hottest in the world, according to Hina.
Smith has grown this pepper in cooperation with the University of North Wales as part of research on alternative methods of anesthesia. Apparently a patient, for example, may rub some of the pepper oil on the skin and “numb” that part totally. According to the current record in the “Guinness Book,” the hottest known pepper is the “Carolina Ripper” which boasts with 1.57 million units on the Scoville scale of spiciness.
If you do not know what the Scoville scale of spiciness is, we will try to simplify the explanation. It is basically a table that actually indicates the level of capsaicin, which is the type of alkaloid that can be found in peppers. When capsaicin comes into contact with the receptors in the body, most commonly the tongue, the nerve system interprets that as a sense of burning and heating. The higher the number on the Scoville scale of spiciness the bigger and badder the burning sensation on your lips and tongue. As far as we know about, the best cure for spicy food is milk. If you are willing to try and found out how much “heat” you can stand, tread carefully and keep a bottle of cold milk near you! Good luck.