Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili Pepper
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper ranks between 1,200,000 and 2 million on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. That’s hot! For comparison, the habanero, which was at one time considered the hottest pepper, ranks at a mere 350,000 SHUs. If you can get past the heat, it has a tender, almost fruit-like flavor creating a sweet-hot combination. If a person is brave enough to eat the pepper raw, the heat isn’t noticeable right away. It will take a while to build, but once it starts, it will last for quite some time and become very intense. Many describe it as a fire burning inside their body. The heat can cause hiccups, numbness or sweating.
History and Origin of the Moruga Scorpion Chili
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili pepper originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the district of Moruga. In 2012, it was recognized as the hottest pepper in the world by the New Mexico State University. However, Guinness Book of World Records never recorded it as such. It was still considered the hottest pepper in the world, but was replaced later by the Carolina Reaper. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was created in Trinidad by Wahid Ogeer.
Most Popular Uses of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
For the most part, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is used to spice up sauces like barbeque sauce and hot sauce. It also provides heat to many condiments and other seasonings.
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