Can Dragon’s Breath Pepper Really Kill Us?

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2 min readJul 25, 2020

There are super-hot peppers, and out of this universe, there are super-hot, mind-blowing peppers. Arguably, the Dragon’s Breath pepper is the latter’s king now. But can this Dragon’s Breath Pepper really kill us?

According to the Daily Post, this new pepper called the “Dragon’s Breath” chili, was created by hobby grower Mike Smith and the University of Nottingham. The team is awaiting a letter of approval from the Guinness Book of Records to formally mark their pepper as the spiciest in the world.

At 2.48 million Scoville heat units, the Dragon’s Breath is more intense than pepper spray used in law enforcement and could burn up your airways if consumed.

It all comes down to the chemical compound in all hot peppers — capsaicin. Capsaicin is what provides the heat sensation of chili peppers further down the pepper scale that’s so beloved by many. Another effect of capsaicin is that it can have a numbing effect on the tissue on which it’s placed.

The Dragon’s Breath pepper was developed to be used in medical treatment as an anesthetic, but if eaten, it could possibly cause the consumer to go into anaphylactic shock.

Officially this pepper never checked higher than the Carolina Reaper. The Carolina Reaper remains the confirmed Hottest Pepper in the World to date.

Dragon’s Breath pepper facts:

Scoville heat units (SHU): 2,480,000 SHU (peak level)

Median heat: N/D

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