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Hottest World Record

St. Asaph Horticulturalist and Chelsea Winner, Mike Smith, will have the hottest news at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show when a new Chilli Pepper will be formally announced as a record breaker.
Mike Smith, working alongside Nottingham Trent University, has taken the title of the world’s hottest chilli from the Americans by producing a Dragons Breath Chilli Pepper which will go into the record books as the hottest chilli in the world exceeding the Scoville scale reading of the current title holder, the Carolina Reaper, by a considerable margin.
The world record will be entered into the Guinness Book of Records following the announcement of the record breaking Dragons Breath chilli at the famous Chelsea Flower Show in May where Mike will again be hoping to catch the judges eye with an even bigger and better display to bring back another prestigious Chelsea medal.
The heat and pungency of Chilli peppers are measured by the Scoville Scale, named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville, in 1912 and known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test.
The current official Guinness World Record heat level is 1,569,300 according to tests by Winthrop University in South Carolina. The figure is an average for the tested batch but the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2million
The Carolina Reaper, originally names HP22B is a cultivar of the Capsicum chinense plant which was dubbed the hottest chilli in the world, surpassing the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” in 2013. Now the fire breathing Dragons Breath has surpassed that record with a staggering Scoville Reading of 2.48million.
Record breaking chilli peppers and many other wonderful plants won’t be the only attractions at Mike’s Chelsea entry this year where visitors will also have the delights of dancers from the famous Royal Ballet who will be performing excerpts from Swan Lake and also featuring a dancer clad as a bright red chilli pepper!
Mike and his team are currently in the pre-Chelsea phase of working at frenetic levels to ensure all their seedlings, plants, shrubs and fruit trees are in prime condition for the show in May while battling the strange weather conditions, fluctuating temperatures and light levels to control growth and achieve the perfection required at Chelsea to gain another prestigious medal.