Chilli-mad Tasmanian dials up the heat on the world’s hottest Carolina Reaper following a warm summer

Using a home made polytunnel, Mr Parkinson has 53 chilli plants, and among those he has what some people consider to be the hottest chilli in the world — the Carolina Reaper.

“That’s about 1.8 to 2.2 million scoville units (SHU). Some people think Tabasco sauce is hot and Tabasco is only up to about 5,000 scoville units,” Mr Parkinson said.

One of the varieties is a shrivelled, bright yellow fruit named the Yellow Seven chilli which, according to Mr Parkinson, gets its name from being able to heat around seven pots of stew.

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