Carolina Reaper

By Dale Thurber – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Plant Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade)

Botanical Name: Capsicum chinense

Medicinal Uses: Capsaicin has been used in topical ointments, nasal sprays, and dermal patches as an analgesic for minor aches and pains of muscles and joints, including arthritis, strains, and sprains.  

Folklore: “Chili-heads” describe the pleasurable, euphoric effects of ingesting capsaicin and attribute this to the pain-stimulated release of endorphins.

Other fun facts: Guinness World Records described The Carolina Reaper in 2012 as the hottest chili in the world.

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