Scorpion ( Trinidad ) Pepper Trinidad Scorpion Peppers
Trinidad Scorpion Peppers Moruga….The Moruga Scorpion (Capsicum chinense) is from the Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad Scorpion Peppers were announced on February 6, 2012 at the Chile Pepper Institute Leaders dinner to have tested at a high of 2,009,231 Scoville Units. A new world record! This test was done using seeds from my plants. The average heat of all testing combined for the Moruga Scorpion was 1,207,764 Scoville Units. So what you grow could get over 2,000,000 but most likely will be lower than that. The records always show the highest number but that is not the norm or average. This chile has been named after the district of Moruga which lies on the central south coast of Trinidad. The surface of it’s outer skin is rough and pebbly like the Trinidad 7 Pot chile varieties and one would say it looks like the texture of the human brain. Average size of the pods is slightly bigger than a golf ball. The flavor is described as fruity & floral.When it comes to bringing the heat, theres a new king of the hill. According to a first-of-its-kind scientific study on super-hot chile varieties, New Mexico State Universitys Chile Pepper Institute has identified the Trinidad Scorpion Peppers as the new hottest pepper on the planet. For this study, we wanted to establish the average heat levels for super-hot varieties like the Trinidad Scorpion Peppers. Thats something that hadnt been scientifically set, said Paul Bosland, an NMSU Regents Professor and director of the Chile Pepper Institute. We also wanted to see which chile pepper truly has the highest heat levels, Trinidad scorpion Peppers do. www.TasteWhatIsHot.com Trinidad Scorpion Peppers
For the study, Bosland and his partners Danise Coon, a senior research specialist, and Gregory Reeves, a graduate student, looked at several chile breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world. This includes the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Trinidad Scorpion Peppers, 7 pot, Chocolate 7 pot and Bhut Jolokia. Which was a previous world record holder identified by the Chile Pepper Institute and certified by Guinness World Records in 2007. Trinidad Scorpion Peppers
Each of the super-hot varieties was grown in an NMSU plant science research field, following standard agricultural practices for chile peppers grown in Southern New Mexico. Later, randomly selected, mature fruits from several plants within each variety were selected, harvested, dried and ground to powder. The capsaicinoids, or the compounds that produce heat sensation, were then extracted and examined. http://www.TasteWhatIsHot.com Trinidad Scorpion Peppers
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion scored highest, overall, in mean heat with more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units. Chocolate 7 pot came in at almost 1.17 million SHU. 7 pot placed third with more than 1.06 million SHU. Trinidad Scorpion peppers packed almost 1.03 million SHU and Bhut Jolokia had almost 1.02 million SHU.
Chile peppers of the same variety will often vary in heat, even when grown in the same field or picked from the same plant. This study saw similar results, with some individual plants scoring much higher than the mean heat levels. Two individual Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper plants registered more than 2 million SHU almost twice as hot as an average Bhut Jolokia pepper. Trinidad Scorpion Peppers
Part of the reason we conducted this research is that rigorous scientific testing is required to ensure accurate determination of super hot heat levels, Coon said. The Chile Pepper Institute as the leading authority on chile peppers, was a logical place for this research to be conducted for Trinidad scorpion peppers.