Carolina Reaper vs.  Ghost Pepper

In the world of spicy foods, the pepper confidently reigns supreme. There are plenty of heavy-hitting peppers worth mentioning, though none are more iconic than the ghost pepper and the Carolina Reaper.

When people look at peppers that measure in the millions on the Scoville scale, it can be easy to get lost in the heat and forget everything else about these peppers that makes them so unique.


Ghost pepper can touch 1.04 million units on the Scoville scale.

Carolina pepper measures up to 2.2 million units on the Scoville scale.


Carolina Reaper is likely the sweeter of the two, don’t discount the ghost pepper, as both peppers have some surprising depth to their flavor.


A ghost pepper has a very unique shape that starts bulbous at the top and withers downward into a pointed tip,

The Carolina Reaper’s wrinkly exterior shares some similarities to its predecessor, yet it has a more squared-off body with an abrupt tail