Carolina Reaper Pepper (Garden Starter Plant)
Do you dare to grow the world’s hottest pepper? Get your milk-chaser ready, because Carolina Reaper packs a punch! With an off-the-chart Scoville rating of 1,569,300, these devilish red fruits aren’t for wimps. Easy to grow, the infamous pepper possesses a fruity and sweet aroma, with an undertone of chocolate and cherry flavors. It may be hot, but it’s packed with flavor, too. A little goes a long way—use part of a pod to flavor an entire pot of chili, or dehydrate and grind the peppers to make ultra-hot pepper powder. Just be sure to wear gloves when handling and add a mask when processing.
- Light: Full sun
- Fruit size: 2 to 3 inches long
- Matures: 70 to 75 days
- Spacing: 24 to 36 inches apart
- Plant size: 4 to 5 feet tall
- Scoville rating: 1,569,300
* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.