The World Has A New Hottest Pepper But It’s Not Meant To Be Eaten

Hot chili peppers are serious business. We’re not talking about namby-pamby jalapenos or even habaneros, either. Registering 100,000 to 350,000 units on the Scoville scale, habaneros really can’t compete with the multimillion Scoville units of the real bad boys like the Carolina Reaper. And now there’s a new chili in town. Meet the Dragon’s Breath:

Besting the Carolina Reaper by more than 200,000 Scoville units, the Dragon’s Breath is the new Holy Grail for hot pepper enthusiasts. So how hot does it taste? Well…nobody really knows.

The Dragon’s Breath was created by horticulturist Mike Smith with help from scientists at Nottingham Trent University, but unlike other record-setting peppers, it’s not meant to be eaten. Smith wants the capsaicin-rich oil from the peppers to be used as a topical anesthetic in countries where normal anesthetics are too costly. Thus no one has actually tried to eat one yet.

Despite Smith’s intentions, we’re sure Dragon’s Breath will eventually find its way into some uncomfortable to watch yet higly viral YouTube videos. Until then, we’ll just have to imagine that eating one will result in the same hysteria experienced by Homer Simpson when he ate Chief Wiggum’s chili made with the merciless peppers of Quetzlzacatenango: