Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the World's Hottest Pepper at

2,009,231 Scoville Units

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

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Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the World's Hottest Pepper

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was formally announced on February 6, 2012 at the New Mexico Chile Pepper Conference to have tested at a high of 2,009,231 Scoville Units.


This test was done using seeds from Refining Fire Chiles plants. The average heat of all testing combined for the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was 1,207,764 Scoville Units. So what you grow could get over 2,000,000 but most likely will be lower that that. Same as other records. The records always show the highest number but that is not the norm or average.

We don't know why, but this chile has been named after the district of Moruga which lies on the central south coast of Trinidad at the western end of the Trinity Hills. It is in Victoria County. Oddly enough this is the area where Christopher Columbus first landed. The chile has been found growing both on Trinidad and Tobago. It has a slight Scotch Bonnet shape but does not usually grow a small slender tail like the Trinidad Scorpion. Pepper pods are much larger than the Trinidad Scorpion and are more consistent in shape and size than most Trinidad superhot varieties. 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 Facts Behind the Moruga Scorpion and the Chile Pepper Institute Super-Hot Study: A Talk With Jim Duffy by Scott Roberts
It's official that there's a new hottest kid on the block - the Moruga Scorpion chile pepper. What's more important than that is that the largest and most comprehensive study on super-hot chile peppers has been made by New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute and that tons of data will soon be available... To read the full interview with fellow chilehead Scott Roberts Click Here

I Love It Spicy: For this sample test study the following super hot chile pepper seeds were gathered: All Moruga Scorpion, Trinidad 7-Pot, Chocolate 7-Pot(Douglah) seeds were provided by Jim Duffy’s Refining Fire Chiles. The Trinidad Scorpion seeds were provided by CARDI Trinidad and Refining Fire Chiles. The Bhut Jolokia seeds were provided by the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute.... To see the Scoville Scale and read the full article from fellow chilehead I Love It Spicy Click Here

New Mexico State University reported on February 13, 2012 that the title for World's Hottest Pepper had been given to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Read the full story: New Mexico State University Press Release

Susan Montoya Bryan of the Associated Press reported on February 15 that Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is world’s hottest pepper after academic study. Read the full story: Washington Post