Pepper Profile: The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Once declared the hottest pepper in the world, the fiery hot Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper isn’t one to take lightly.

At its very peak, the pepper generally tops at least 1.2 million SHUs, but it can go even hotter than that. Some plants have hit more than 2 million SHUs, making it currently the second hottest pepper in the world and even hotter than the hottest ghost pepper. This puts the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper pretty much on par with military-grade pepper spray and hundreds upon hundreds of times hotter than the average jalapeno.

In fact, the pepper is so hot you definitely don’t want to handle a fully ripe pepper, or even the seeds for that matter, with your bare hands.

Be sure to wear gloves when handling it, and wash your skin immediately with soap and water if you accidentally come into contact with the extreme heat. There’s no place to hide with this super hot pepper because the capsaicin is highly concentrated in most of the pepper. Originally native to Moruga, Trinidad, the pepper gains its name from its origins. About the size of a golf ball, the pepper develops into a wrinkled, reddish-orange hue that signifies it’s ripe. Don’t be fooled by the very first fruity bite, though, because it isn’t long before the heat comes on, and it comes on strong!

It’s so hot you won’t find the raw pepper at your local grocery store. For super hot pepper fans, though, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion delivers just the right punch of extreme heat. The good news is, if you’re up to the challenge, there’s a super hot, hot sauce that can’t be ignored. We certainly don’t recommend starting with this pepper, but if you’re working your way up the scale, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is one extremely hot pepper you don’t want to miss.

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