Wei-Ning Yu
May 20, 2017 12:36 pm

A new breed of chili pepper is so hot you could go into anaphylactic shock (!!) upon ingesting it. The chili pepper will literally burn away your airways and force them to close up. In case, that wasn’t clear – you could potentially die from swallowing this chili pepper!

What is the name of the lethal breed? Dragon’s Breath Chili.

Take a look for yourself. We wonder how such a little pepper could pack such an enormous sensory wallop!

Dragon’s Breath Chili measures a staggering 2.48m on the Scoville scale. For comparison, your average jalapeno measures between 2,500 and 10,000 units on the Scoville scale. The United States military uses pepper spray with a 2m unit-measure on the Scoville scale.

Who is the mysterious creator behind the lethally hot chili pepper?

Mike Smith, a Welsh horticulturist, and owner of Tom Smith’s Plants. The store specializes in soft fruit bushes and trees as well as vegetable seeds. Mike’s been growing chilies and vegetables for the past seven years. Mike told the Daily Post he has not orally ingested a dragon’s breath chili. Instead, he put the chili on the tip of his tongue and spat it out in about 10 seconds.

Believe it or not, Mike partnered with Nottingham Trent University to develop the supremely hot chili pepper. Why? The main intention wasn’t to harm or hurt people. In fact, they believe it could be a valuable asset to the medical community. Mike explains:

He also submitted Dragon’s Breath Chili to the Guinness Book of Records. He expects a confirmation letter from them, recognizing the chili as the world’s spiciest.

If you want to take a gander in-person, it will be displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show next. No word on its availability for consumption. We will assume not many will want to try it.

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