PepperScale.com claims that the flavour of the Cayenne is “neutral”. I don’t know…. The cayennes from our neighbours’ garden taste pretty citrussy to me! We planted them too but they are still green green green, and haven’t even hinted at starting to ripen yet.
But the Reaper chile is even too hot for T! Well, almost….
After slicing it very thinly, both of us tearing up just from the fumes, T tastes a small amount raw. Because he is insane. He decreed that it was too hot for him to eat. And yet. In spite of the extreme heat, he said it reminded him of cherries. (Hmmm… is that sort of like the burnt toast warning sign indicating an upcoming epileptic seizure?)
We put the rest of the Reaper (and a couple of cayennes) into Indian curry anyway, making it hot hot hot! It was delicious though….
PepperScale claims that the Reaper is “sweet, fruity”. Okay…. I guess I’ll just take their word for it.
Good heat – great versatility
Scoville heat units (SHU): 30,000 – 50,000
Jalapeño reference point: 4 to 20 times hotter
Origin: French Guyana
So how hot is the cayenne pepper?
This is typically a medium hot chili (30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units), fitting neatly between the serrano and the Thai pepper.
– PepperScale | Cayenne Pepper: A Jack Of All Trades
Insanity in edible form…
Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,400,000 – 2,200,000
Jalapeño reference point: 175 to 880 times hotter
Origin: United States
Stand down Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, there’s a new hottest pepper in the world in town according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Carolina Reaper kicks super-hot peppers into another stratosphere.
How hot is a Carolina Reaper?
Eyes rolling to the back of your head hot, that’s how hot. Carolina Reaper’s range from 1,400,000 Scoville heat units to a blistering 2,200,000. That top end is just as hot as or hotter than standard pepper spray. And comparing it to a jalapeño is just silly.
What does the Carolina Reaper taste like and look like?
Like the Naja Viper and the Trinidad Scorpion, the Carolina Reaper has a scorpion-like tail. […] In terms of taste, this is likely the sweetest super-hot pepper you are going to find. […] There’s a lot more flavor to the Carolina Reaper then you’ll find in most extremely hot peppers. […] Still, a warning: this is a scorching chili. Eating it raw is not ever advised, and touching it with bare hands can actually cause severe burns.
– PepperScale | The Carolina Reaper: Serious Sizzle From The South
Edit 27 August 2019: In the comments below, Barbara asked if the red Reaper was from our garden. A: Yes. Here is the proof that more insanity awaits. (This photo was taken about a week ago.) This morning, I saw that another of the dreaded Reapers has turned red.