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Have We Just Seen Apollo Atop Mount Olympus?
Published: Oct. 23, 2020, 4:15 a.m.
In another twist of probability, Smokin Ed Curry - although independently unconfirmed - has out Smoked himself. Well, not to be confused with stoner lingo, Dr. Curry does not do drugs. He does Hot Peppers, but he might need help.
After riding a capsaicin tsunami to fame in 2013, with the announcement of the Carolina Reaper Pepper (~2mn SHU), the Hot Sauce world stood still - if just for a moment - at the door of his greenhouse. After all the other inferior chili dust settled, there was a new standard at the top peak of the chili mountain. 7-Pot, Ghost, Trinidad, Naga, and all others (~1mn SHU), removed from the Guinness Book, forever. For a pound of flesh, the Reaper became king, and the Pucker Butt Pepper Company was born.
A New King, Birthed From the Dirt
Ancient agricultural methods, driven by hard work, passion, and commitment, have been ingrained in human society for over 12,000 years. It is what makes us. What had been done then, had been done here, in 2013, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. It took decades of hard work, conscientious caretaking, and careful analysis. Is this where the story ends? A Gusiness Book record displayed on the wall? Fruity cocktails on the beach, and such? For us, our Pucker Butt experience had just begun. We just didn’t know it yet.
Do Not Doubt Ancient Wisdom
Ed Currie, on September 19, 2017, decided to grace us with the fruits of his labor, once again. Pepper X’s existence had been revealed. An experimental hybrid - of the thousands crossbred since the 1980s - with potentially unstable genetics - had done the impossible again. This, then unnamed, Pepper X had done to the Reaper as the Reaper had done to others just a few years prior.
From 2012 to 2018, the world's hottest known peppers had tripled in heat. An earthly progression into Dante's favorite chapters.
Unlike the Carolina Reaper, which is currently being cultivated by Chili Heads across the globe, Pepper-X has never been released outside of a hot sauce bottle. From recent research, not one single genetically viable Pepper-X seed has ever been made available to the public. Why? Is Pepper-X too unstable to be mass-produced? Was there just enough Fruit to produce an 8 X 55-gallon drum harvest (estimated initial batch of The Last Dab (Xxx))? Does Pepper-X not get a name, nor public distribution, because of its high probability of phenomic anomalies? Is Pepper-X the fabled Chimera in Mission Impossible 2?
Let There be Light
The announcement of the 13th season of Hot Sauce had also revealed Smokin Ed Curry’s newest radioactive weapon, the Apollo Pepper. This is the new nuclear pepper fusion fruit of the, known genetically stable, Carolina Reaper and, presumed genetically unstable, Pepper-X? Is this Apollo Pepper the stable version of the beta software? Either way, The Last Dab (Apollo) Hot Sauce is Pucker Butt Pepper Co’s greatest revenge on us all yet.
If the Apollo Pepper is humbly named after the Olympian God of the Sun & Light, and the Apollo Pepper is a seismic category 3+ Million Scoville Units rated pepper, then Ed Currie is nothing short of Zeus himself.
Let us just not be Icarus.