Food - Drink
The World's Hottest Pepper Is Spicy Enough to Kill You
To the die-hard chile fanatics casually chomping down on habaneros and drizzling Carolina Reaper sauce on your tacos, you have a new fiery monarch to bow down to. However, we really wouldn't recommend you try to eat this one, as the results could be deadly.
The Dragon's Breath chile, now the world's spiciest pepper, clocks in at a hellish 2.48 million on the Scoville scale. That’s 300 times hotter than a jalapeño, with enough capsaicin to singe one's airways, causing them to close up and cause anaphylactic shock.
However, the pepper wasn't created to be consumed in the first place. According to its cultivator, Mike Smith, the Dragon's Breath was developed to treat people who are allergic to anesthetics, as the pepper is literally so hot it can be used to numb the skin.