The Carolina Reaper: the hottest pepper on earth

Photo by Lindsay Garrett.

Last year, the Guinness Book of World Records decided that a little pepper grown in South Carolina was the hottest pepper on earth, beating out the infamous ghost pepper. That pepper is the Carolina Reaper.

You might remember my post from last August titled “Reasons to try a ghost pepper” with the accompanying video of me using ice cream to sooth my pain. So what was I to do when I found out the ghost pepper was no longer number one? That’s right: locate one and then hit “record.”

I tried to contact the company in South Carolina directly to get one, but sadly, they were out of season at the time. But a guy named Kenny Howard in Montgomery, Ala. has grown some, and mine came directly from him.

So let’s set the scene here: this past Saturday, I was working on a short film project with the Foolish Henry Films crew titled “City Federal.” I was up at 6 a.m., on set by 8 a.m. and after multiple locations with lots and lots of running (in dress shoes), we wrapped around midnight.

Sunday, I’m tired and sore and aching all over, so what’s a guy to do? That’s right! Eat a Carolina Reaper and have Lindsay Garrett film it for me, just like the ghost pepper video.

So without further ado, I present another video of me in pain, looking for salvation through ice cream:

If you’re wondering about the mention of a guy singing a Frank Sinatra song after eating a ghost pepper, here’s what I’m talking about.

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Film production info!

I’m very excited to be part of the production team for Little Cabbage, the new film by Jen West and James Martin of Four X Productions. That’s actually getting started this weekend and includes many of the same crew that worked on Rebecca Pugh’s film Behind Me (master cinematographer Joe Walker and master makeup artist Lindsay Garrett and probably some others whose names escape me at the moment… sorry.)

If Little Cabbage sounds familiar, it should. They had a Seed&Spark fundraiser that I mentioned in July. Good news! They met their goals, and now it’s production time.

In other film news, a short film script that I wrote (which has been expanded by some great ideas by Adam Davila, Lindsay Garrett, Rick Gardner and Shane Gillis) is going into production soon with the Foolish Henry Films crew (the folks who brought you Death to the World.)

We’re working out pre-production details now, so I hope to be able to share more information on this project soon.

In the meantime, be sure to follow the #LittleCabbage and the #cityfederalfilm hashtags on your social media sites to keep up with what’s going on.