A Welsh gardener was looking for a chili plant pretty enough for a display when he stumbled upon the world’s hottest pepper, the consumption of which could be lethal.

A chili sliced ​​with a knife.

Throughout history there have been many people who have entered the Guinness Book of Records without even considering it, simply by more or less fortunate chance.

A recent example is that of Mike Smith, a welsh gardener who was looking for a chili tree aesthetically beautiful when their crosses resulted in a plant whose fruit has been accepted as the more spicy of the world.

But the conclusions are a matter of chemistry, because if someone tried it, they would not live to tell it.

Dragon’s Breath, the record-breaking chili

The newly discovered Dragon’s Breath has been unseated with a score of 2.48 million degrees Scoville al Carolina Reaper, which is a little below, with only 2.2 million.

This scale is normally used to establish the spiciness level of an oil, measuring the amount of Water in which it can be detected a single drop.

Therefore, a single drop of the oil Dragon’s Breath can be detected between 2.48 million drops of water; while one of Carolina Reaper can only be found between 2.2 million drops. It may seem silly, but 0.28 million drops is a lot of drops (specifically 280.000).

In addition, the pepper spray used as a weapon by the United States Army It has a score of 2 million, so it is clear that the name with which this new variety has been baptized is more than correct.

Lethal, but anesthetic

Own Smith claims that he touched one of his surprising peppers with the tip of the tongue and she had to spit for ten seconds until the searing heat that ran through her taste buds subsided.

And you don’t even want to imagine what would have happened if you had decided to eat it whole, especially since scientists calculate that consuming it could cause death almost instantaneously because of a anaphylactic shock resulting from airway burn.

But not everything is bad, since the researchers who have analyzed these peppers believe that, at the right doses, they could have large medical applications.

In fact, the substance responsible for the pungent taste, called capsaicin, has been historically used for this type of purpose since time immemorial, so it is not at all unreasonable to use it as anesthetic that it is intended to give you in this case.

This is something completely understandable for any fan of spiciness; Well, who hasn’t gotten his tongue asleep after hanging out with the Padrón peppers? Although the difference is abysmal, since our most traditional hot peppers have a level on the scale of Scoville from 5,000 degrees (those that sting) and 2.500 (those who don’t). What is that compared to the fire of Dragon’s Breath?