In the early 80′s, Eddie Currie, Founder of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company, started investigating the possible correlation between personal life style habits and disease. This overwhelming interest was born from Eddie’s family history of early death from heart disease and cancer. Eddie found that indigenous populations from around the world, who eat hot peppers with meals, have extremely small instances of these diseases and this prompted his focus on peppers as a delicious and healthy food alternative. Within two years, he was raising plants at homes of family members and neighbors with production reaching 800 gallons. Over the years Eddie’s passion, some might say obsession, for peppers has grown. He has created unique hot sauces, salsas, mustards and jellies that are both delicious and healthy and now has more than 5,000 plants and 600 unique seed species. When his wife, Linda, realized what he was spending on growing seeds and canning pepper products they both realized it was time to start charging for their product. And the rest, as they say, is history …The Pucker Butt Pepper Company was born.
Eddie’s on-going passion for peppers is reflected by his experiments in creating new and different pepper plant cultivars, some of which are producing the hottest peppers in the world! Eddie’s goal is to consistently grow the world’s hottest pepper. Don’t be surprised if you hear that he has accomplished his goal!