An agronomist has managed to create a hot pepper so hot that it can kill a person.
The title of the hottest chili pepper in the world is very much coveted among agronomists and periodically strives to obtain new and stronger varieties.
A Welsh agronomist, however, beat all his colleagues with the creation of "Dragon's Breath", a pepper that managed to smash every record, with a score of 2.48 million on the Scoville spiciness scale. To better understand its power, just think that jalapeños have a score of about 10,000 Scoville units, while the Calabrian chilli is around 30,000.
Dragon's Breath was born almost by chance: the goal, in fact, was not to create a particularly spicy pepper but an aesthetically beautiful plant. The result, however, was unexpected. The potency of just one of these peppers, eaten entirely, could be fatal: Experts say it could cause anaphylactic shock, blocking the airways.
No one has tasted Dragon's Breath so far and its creator, Mike Smith, has only put one of these peppers on his tongue, feeling an almost unbearable burning. Smith does not believe that this pepper can find applications in the kitchen but it could be useful in the medical field since it is able to completely lose sensitivity to the skin.