The name alone sounds ominously hot. Averaging 1,569,300 Scoville units the Reaper is the current title holder for the world’s hottest pepper. The skin is bright red and a bumpy texture and there is usually a “stinger” at the end. Developed by Ed Currie of SC, the Reaper was actually an unintended¬†result of Currie’s quest for information about cancer and why certain populations have lower cancer rates than others. His research found a correlation between high consumption of extremely hot peppers and lower cancer rates. Once he came to this conclusion he went on to develop the Reaper.