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A Louisiana native is creating the world’s hottest pepper

Lafayette resident Ronald “Troy” Primeaux is working to create a pepper that could be the spiciest chili in the world, The Daily Advertiser reports. It’s a small purple pepper in its early stages that Primeaux calls the “Louisiana Creeper.”

“When you put one of these in your mouth, it’s a whole ‘nother ball game,” Primeaux said, according to The Advertiser. “A bear is chasing you. You’ve just been in a car wreck. You just got caught speeding, and a cop is giving you a ticket. Your heart is pumping, and it lasts for about 30 minutes.

“Your body thinks it’s going to die. You’re not going to die.”

Primeaux studied sustainable agriculture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and used the knowledge he learned from his professors to begin growing peppers.

The pepper that currently holds the Guinness World Record for hottest chili, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, rates an average of 1.57 million Scoville Heat Units. Primeaux hopes the Louisiana Creeper will have an average of 2 million SHU, according to The Daily Advertiser.

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