An Interview With Ed Currie, The Man Who Bred The Carolina Reaper Pepper

October 23, 2019


This is a Wired video about Ed Currie, breeder of the world's hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper, and purveyor of hot peppers and pepper products through his business PuckerButt Pepper Company. Man, I've mistreated my poor butt for so long I'm not even sure if it's capable of puckering anymore. "Yeah....devil's breath hot wings aren't part of a balanced breakfast." Whatever, Cheerios lobbyist.

When I first ate the reaper it knocked me to my knees. I was like 3 years clean I hadn't felt that feeling in a long time. I knew that was hot, you get this like euphoric feeling and that's your body trying to overtake the pain that the chemical reaction is giving and eventually the endorphin rush overtakes the pain. And when you get into the higher pain you get the more pleasure, so it's just chasing the dragon.

The video really is interesting, particularly if you're into hot peppers and Ed's quest to make them even hotter. Me? I love them. I'm not going to marry them or anything, but I would date them until they got sick and tired of me and left me in the dust like every other girlfriend. "Cheetos dust?" How did you-- "Your couch looks like Chester Cheetah was murdered on it." Riiiiiiight. Right right right.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Josh J, who agrees you haven't lived (or felt like you're about to burst into fire and die) until you've absentmindedly touched your privates after handling some ultra-hot peppers.

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