The Carolina reaper pepper currently holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest chili pepper in the world. On the Scoville scale, a numerical rating aimed at quantifying spiciness, individual Carolina reapers typically fall somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million Scoville heat units (SHU). For reference, the more pedestrian jalapeno tops out at around 8,000.
But for those looking to singe their mouthparts on the hottest peppers on Earth, the fiery calculus behind the Scoville scale is a bit vague. Individual peppers are subject to variation—they’re plants after all—leading spice junkies to rightly wonder: Was that taste bud inferno a weapons-grade 2 million SHU reaper or a more run of the mill 1.5 million SHU pepper?
Now, a new device can swiftly detect just how hot a chili pepper truly is, reports Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo.
The portable device, called the Chilica-Pod, is shaped like a red hot pepper