"World's hottest pepper" creator rapidly expanding in Fort Mill

Planting the hottest pepper on a hot day

FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - Ed Currie points out over acres and acres of plants that will soon produce more than 100,000 Carolina Reaper peppers. The pepper was named the hottest in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, with a Scoville rating of 1.5 million units.

Ed's Reaper peppers are said to be more than 150 times hotter than a jalapeno, making them a hot commodity all over the world.

"What we're going to do is make pepper mash," Ed says of the now 16 fields of Reaper peppers he's planting, "We have some contracts with some really large suppliers here in the US and we have to make mash for them so we can make wing sauce."

The pepper's popularity has exploded and Ed has been featured along with his smoking hot creation all over the world. He recently signed deals with large food service suppliers that are making his peppers into super-spicy wing sauce to distribute to restaurants all over the world.

"I'm out here every morning before anybody gets here and I get on my knees and I praise God," Ed said. He attributes his success to his faith. And his success continues to grow.

Thursday morning, Ed introduced us to his hottest pepper yet. One that is twice as hot at the Carolina Reaper.

It's affectionately known as "the turd".

Ed hasn't quite had the time to come up with a more marketable name. He's been busy expanding and enjoying the fruits of his more than 20 years of hard work.

If you'd like to see just how hot this newest creation is, make sure you check out the video attached to this story. And bring something to drink. Just watching will make your mouth burn.

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