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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.