According to the Daily Post, the spiciest food in the world is the chili called Dragon’s Breath. The British newspaper described it as “so fiery” that it “could kill someone who eats it.”
Developed by hobby grower Mike Smith from North Wales, along with scientists from Nottingham Trent University, Dragon’s Breath measures more than 2.48 million on the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) scale, a method of quantifying a substance’s spiciness by determining the concentration of the chemical compounds called capsaicinoids, which are responsible for the sensation.
Dragon’s Breath’s 2.48 million SHU overtops its closest rival, the Carolina Reaper chili, which registers at around 2.2 million on the SHU scale.
“It’s not been tried orally,” Smith said of Dragon’s Breath in an interview with the Daily Post back in 2017. “I’ve tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned. I spat it out in about 10 seconds. The heat intensity just grows.”
Dragon’s Breath can reportedly burn and eventually close the airways of someone who eats it, causing a type of anaphylactic shock.
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Though not made for oral consumption, Dragon’s Breath was created to be used in medical treatment as a kind of anesthetic. “This was developed because a lot of people are allergic to anesthetic, and this can be applied to the skin because it is so strong it numbs it,” Smith told the Daily Post.