For the first time this year, we are offering fresh Jigsaw peppers. Not to be confused with the ornamental variety by the same name, this pepper is a super hot and super flavorful new cross between the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and a second undisclosed parent. Until very recently, the only way to taste this new pepper was to purchase the powders sold in Europe under the name Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw. Now you can taste it fresh the way Mother Nature intended.
If you haven’t heard, the Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw pepper is being discussed as the next hottest pepper in the world. We acquired seeds from a source in Finland some time ago, grew them out a bit, and can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are hot. Very, very hot. Are they the hottest pepper in the world? Well, my mouth kind of shuts down at about 1,000,000 SHU. Ghost pepper, Carolina Reaper pepper, or Jigsaw peppers all range about the same in my mouth; over the top hot. They do seem to be hotter than the Carolina Reaper, but that might be because they are larger than the Carolina Reaper.
One reviewer says the Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw pepper is hotter than the Carolina Reaper. Another does not think it is nearly as hot as other peppers he has tasted. This illustrates my opinion that dna is only half what contributes to the flavor of a pepper. The first pod review involves a pod grown in Finland by the creators of the pepper. The second review is of a pod grown in the United States from seed purchased from the Finish creator.
If I have learned nothing else by growing chili peppers it is patience. Some take as long as a month to germinate. The Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw pepper has not taken nearly as long as I have come to expect from most of the super hots. It went into our homemade organic potting soil, under lights, and two weeks later I have about 50 tiny little jigsaw pepper plants reaching for those lights in the middle of winter.