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Originally developed by our head horticulturist Steve Bender, the California Reaper is a cross between the Carolina Reaper and Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion. Dr. Bender has spent numerous grow seasons developing the California Reaper. Most pods resemble a peach colored Carolina Reaper. Although the California Reaper has not yet officially been tested, the Carolina Reaper pepper averages 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Similar to that of the Carolina Reaper, the taste of the California Reaper is described as fruity and sweet.
Posted by I LOVE HOT on 13th Apr 2018
k love this new variety. there are all sorts of peppers that look like combinations of carolina reaper peppers and jays peach ghost scorpion peppers. super hot for sure. very fun to grow. looking forward to seeing what new varieties you guys come up with.
Posted by peppergardner211 on 23rd Feb 2018
I bought these last year and used them in everything from hot sauces to salsa to beer brewing! I made the mistake of not saving any seeds though, so now I'm back for another round (and picking up a few new types of pepper seeds as well). Kudos to Kirk for helping assist me with my grow and to Steve Bender for creating a wonderful new variety for the chili pepper community to enjoy. Cheers!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Nov 2017
these peppers reminded me a lot of peach reapers. they each have their own unique look like the carolinas, but theres something about peach peppers that i just love.
Posted by Ligia Mora on 26th Oct 2017
GREAT pepper, grown from the best seeds of course! Every seed planted grew into a gorgeous plant with tons of peppers. I took some peppers down to Guadalajara, for family to try, and they LOVED them!! Best peppers ever!!
Posted by tom avery on 21st Sep 2017
most of my peppers looked like peach reapers, but i had a few that took on the look of the peach ghost scorpion. im very excited about this pepper. looks like it it could be the next big pepper!
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Aug 2017
They do not look exactly like reapers but still hot as hell. I was so excited to grow them too.
Posted by Ben V on 8th Aug 2017
Both are hot, not sure which is hotter, but the California Reaper tastes better with food.
Posted by chris on 1st Aug 2017
my peppers haven't ripened yet but the plants are loaded with pods. i can already tell ive got something special going here.
Posted by Pat from CO on 26th Jul 2017
Started seeds in very fine starter soil mix indoors. Nearly every seed germinated. After seedlings were 8" tall I transplanted them outside. Today plants are 2'-3' tall with pepper growth everywhere. Will be a bumper crop this year. Can't wait to harvest time and enjoy. Will be some spicy salsa!
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jul 2017
I purchased your California Reaper seeds back in December and already have several plants that are putting out beautiful pods. They're really neat peppers. Thanks.
Posted by Unknown on 21st Jun 2017
Ordered your Carolina and California Reaper seeds last year and had amazing results. Hoping for more of the sane this year.
Posted by Nick, Baton Rouge on 20th Jun 2017
Dang these things are HOT!! Is this as hot as the Carolina Reaper???
Posted by Erick on 10th Jun 2017
I am obsessed with these. My plant is producing some great looking pods. Keep creating new varieties, I love this one.