I am pretty excited to create this thread on the Carolina Reaper chili pepper plant. Seed for this variety were sown at the end of January of 2020. Only one plant has pods and one pod has ripened. I have a total of 3 Carolina Reapers. Carolina Reaper comes in Red and Yellow colors and possible other colors that I have not seen yet. Carolina Reaper is a new variety created by a man named Ed Currie in North Carolina. Its a cross between Red Savina which is a habenero type of Chinense pepper and a Scorpion type of chinense pepper from Trinidad. The pods I have are bumpy skinned and bonnet style with no scorpion stinger. Some photo's you see online show these pods with a tail. This variety is probably not completely stabilized and we know that earlier variety's mostly didn't have the tails. I believe that what I have is authentic Carolina Reaper. They are beautiful plants. Very slow growing and they can be prolific. I actually have 3 plants and only one plant is really making the pods. The other plants are just late to the party and they will produce later. Rick sent me the seed for these plant. Thanx Rick.
There are a couple of duplicate fotos here and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to delete them. I highly recommend trying this variety of superhot pepper. They are beautiful and also they have many good reports on flavor. I haven't tried them as their isn't enough ready yet. They are fairly slow growing but they can be good producers. The pods are gorgeous. Supposedly these are the hottest peppers in the world. My bet is that they are real spicey. Compared to Purple Thunder these plants are not as vigorous or as large. Or, as good of producers. You don't really need a lot of these peppers though. Just a few goes a long way so to speak when you are making hot sauces or spicey chili recipes. The one producing Reaper has about 18 peppers on it and they are good sized. Higher up on the plant it has another layer of blossoms so there will be many more coming. I do not know why the other 2 plants are not producing yet. The seed for the other specimans comes from different Reaper plants so they could be variants that produce later. Super-hots for the most part are new and are not fully stabilized so you get many different types of the same basic plant. I am pretty sure though that these plants are the real deal.
Authentic Carolina Reapers.
Many Thanx goes to Rick for sending me this seed to trial.
Today I harvested that first huge yellow Reaper chili that you see in the foto. Its a beautiful speciman. I have not tasted this pepper yet. I split it open and extracted the seed of which there was a huge core which is the placenta. There was about 30 seeds. So you know, I was wearing surgical gloves to deal with the pepper. The aroma is powerful. The walls of this pepper are thick. Which is unusual to me since I have only been dealing with Bhut Jolokia. Bhuts have very thin walls in general. The Reaper is very juicy with a strong smell. A very citrus ee smell. The smell reminded me of Bhut Orange Copenhagen but stronger. I did not dare taste this pepper. I thru the pepper in the bag of other Bhut Jolokia in the fridge and I will mix it in with them when I process them. I like the reapers much more now. I can tell they are extremely spicey but I don't feel the need to take any nibbles of it today. Eventually I will. The smell by the way is incredible. Now I know a little more about what the big deal is with these peppers. Without a doubt I will continue growing them.
I've been tied up for a bit and just now catching up here. Plants and pods look great Glen, but be careful! They're a tad bit hot lol. And you a quite welcome for the seeds. I'm glad they're doing so well in your climate!