The Yellow Carolina Reaper is a rare strain of the Carolina Reaper pepper, which is currently the hottest pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records. In November 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records named the Carolina Reaper as the new hottest pepper in the world, replacing the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. The Carolina Reaper pepper averages 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) and some peppers have been tested over 2,200,000 SHU, and it is believed that the Yellow Carolina Reaper is slightly less spicy that the original Carolina Reaper. The Yellow Carolina Reaper was created by crossing the Red Carolina Reaper pepper and the Yellow Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.
The taste of the Yellow Carolina Reaper is described as fruity and sweet, but the intense heat level kicks in shortly after consumption. There’s a lot more flavor to the Yellow Carolina Reaper than most extremely hot peppers as its citrus flavor is especially popular in tropical cuisine. The original Carolina Reaper pepper was originally developed by Ed Currie, who crossed a Red Habanero with a Ghost pepper. Like Trinidad Scorpion varieties, the Carolina Reaper has a scorpion-like tail. The Carolina Reaper resembles the 7 Pot Primo pepper. The Carolina Reaper starts off green and ripens to yellow, reaching about 1.5 to 2 inches in total length. This is a new strain, so Yellow Carolina Reaper peppers are still in the process of being fully stable.