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Louisiana man's pepper makes world's hottest list

Posted at 9:54 PM, Feb 06, 2020

The "Hottest Peppers in the World" 2020 list is out, and a pepper created by Troy "Primo" Primeaux, of Lafayette, Louisiana, made the list.

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The world's hottest pepper is constantly changing, according to . This year's list has Primeaux's pepper "7 Pot Primo" at No. 4.

While working in the horticulture department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005, Primeaux developed the hot pepper when he cross bred a Trinidad pepper and a Bangladeshi pepper.

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Troy 'Primo' Primeaux and his wife and business partner, Kara

"When you're talking 1.5 million Scovilles, this is three hundred times hotter than a jalapeno," explained Primeaux. "When you're eating one pepper, it's like eating 300 jalapenos."

The pepper cultivator says the 7 Pot Primo is the perfect addition to a dish when it's cooked down.

Primeaux and his wife Kara created Primo’s Peppers, which is based in Lafayette. According to their website, their hot pepper products combine both "sweet and heat." The business produces hot sauces and pepper jellies.