Tesco has begun stocking the world’s hottest chilli pepper – the Carolina Reaper, which has been measured at an average 1.5 million Scoville units.
The Carolina Reaper will be on sale in more than 130 Tesco stores across the UK and will cost £1 for a packet containing two to three chilli peppers. The new pepper is about more than 400 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Tesco chilli pepper buyer Phoebe Burgess said: “The Carolina Reaper is absolute meltdown material – it’s one for absolute hot food connoisseurs. 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 Salvatore Genovese, the UK’s largest producer of chilli peppers, whose seven acre farm is based in Blunham, Bedfordshire.