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Primotalii Peppers – Hotter Than The Carolina Reaper?

There have been whispers and murmurs about a new ‘hottest pepper’ variety. Though nothing is official or confirmed, there may already be a pepper hotter than the famed Carolina Reaper.

No, we’re not talking about Smokin’ Ed’s own ‘Apollo pepper’ which is still shrouded in mystery. We’re talking about the primotalii pepper, a cross between the 7 pot primo and the fatalii.

In this article, I’ll discuss everything we know about the primotalii. This includes the appearance, flavor, approximate scoville rating, and how to get seeds and grow them yourself.

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Primotalii pepper ripe
Primotalii pepper with long stinger.

About the Primotalii

Believe it or not, the original cross happened back in 2012 by Chris Saunders. The two types he crossed were the 7 pot primo (one of the hottest in the world) and the fatalii.

The long stingers apparently appeared in the F2 stage of breeding, and phenotypes were chosen to stabilize that characteristic. Today, the variety is considered stable, and most of the peppers will have a long tail.


Primotalii peppers are quite thin, but can be long thanks to the extended stingers. This is the most impressive feature of this variety, with some stingers measuring 1″ or longer. They also tend to curl, creating a unique appearance.

Primotalii pepper ripe on plant
Primotalii pepper on plant.

Most of the peppers we grew were about 2-3″ long, but just 0.5-0.75″ wide. The walls of the primotalii are very thin, so each pepper is lightweight.

Jim Morrow was one of the first to offer seeds, and still has isolated plants. He is also stabilizing the ‘chocolate’ and ‘golden’ variants of the primotalii.

Flavor & heat

The primotalii has a flavor similar to other red superhots. They are floral (or perfumey) and slightly fruity. In terms of heat, we know one thing: it is a scorching hot variety.

Primotalii Pepper Scoville (Heat)

Johnny Scoville is known for eating the hottest peppers on Earth without batting an eye. He claimed that the Primotalii is the hottest pepper he has ever eaten.

That’s a pretty big deal.

In terms of heat, the Primotalii likely has a Scoville rating above 2,200,000 SHUs. There is not yet an official rating, but there is no doubt it is among the hottest peppers out there.

Primotalii pepper ripe
Ripe primotalii pepper with long stinger.

If you like to eat the superhot varieties or make the hottest sauces, this pepper will do the trick. Unfortunately, it is not a very productive plant, so other varieties may serve you better if you’re going for bulk.

Primotalii vs Carolina Reaper

As we all know, the Carolina reaper holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest pepper in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that something hotter isn’t out there already!

The 7 pot primo is a very similar pepper to the Carolina reaper, both in appearance and heat. The primotalii shares genetics from the 7 Pot Primo, and seems to have turned into something even more ferociously spicy.

Carolina ReaperPrimotalii
ScovilleUp to 2,200,000 SHUsUnknown (likely 2.2M+)
SpeciesC. chinenseC. chinense

When we learn more about the primotalii, we will be sure to update. For now, the differences between the reaper and primotalii are mostly subjective.

Primotalii Pepper Seeds and Growing

Nothing is more satisfying than growing your own superhot peppers from seed. Right now, finding fresh primotalii peppers will be nearly impossible.

Primotalii seeds

Thankfully, Jimmy Pickles sells isolated seeds for the primotalii pepper. He also has other variants for sale with similar, scorching heat.

Growing primotalii peppers

The primotalii pepper is super spicy, but the plants are a bit of a disappointment. Our first attempt at growing yielded just a handful of peppers. The plant also suffered from fungal issues.

Unripe primotalii pepper on plant
Unripe primotalii peppers on plant.

Admittedly, the plant was somewhat neglected, but nearby plants produced much better than the primotalii. The 7 pot primo orange, Carolina reaper, and 7 pot primo all grew more peppers in the same growing conditions.

If you are looking for the best yield, I wouldn’t recommend the Primotalii. Look to the other superhot varieties with better productivity.

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To sum up, the primotalii is one of the hottest peppers we have tasted. While nothing is official, it may just be the world’s hottest!

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One of the original Pepper Geeks! When Calvin isn’t gardening or learning more about peppers and botany, he might be traveling new places or playing some music.