Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

The Trinidad Morugs Scorpion pepper is one of our absolute favorites to grow, develop and refine.  Officially the hottest pepper in the world according to the Chile Pepper Institute of the New Mexico State University.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper

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Trinadad Moruga Scorpion plants

Originally cultivated in the Moruga district of Trinidad, this is the hottest naturally occurring pepper in the world.

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was the fist pepper to ever break 2,000,000 on the Scoville scale.  In February of 2012, the Chili Pepper Institute of the New Mexico State University declared the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper the hottest pepper in the world.  That declaration went unnoticed by the folk at Guinness, which operates a bit differently than a state university.  As a result, the Guinness Book continued to recognize the Ghost Pepper even though its SHU rating was often half that of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.  Ah, but ChiliHeads knew Guinness was off their rocker.

Even today, you can find people who continue to believe the Scorpion Pepper is the hottest pepper in the word despite Guinness giving the newer title to the Carolina Reaper.  I feel this is because the two peppers have tremendously similiar peak shu and the range can easily be attributed to growing environment.

Once you get past the heat, this pepper is almost sweet with a fruity flavor.  It is often said to be citrus like.  This makes it a perfect pepper for jelly, jam, bbq, and other sweet mixtures.

“You take a bite. It doesn’t seem so bad, and then it builds and it builds and it builds. So it is quite nasty,” Paul Bosland, a renowned pepper expert and director of the chile institute, said of the pepper’s heat. – As reported by the Huffington Post

Will grow year round indoors or in climates that do not include freezing weather.  Generally, it grows between last and first frost.

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See Also:
Butch T Scorpion strain

Read more at Wikipedia