Moruga Scorpion (Capsicum
Chinense), endemic to the district of Moruga Trinidad
and Tobago, is currently the world's hottest Chili
pepper cultivar. The New Mexico State
University's Chili Pepper Institute
has identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the newest hottest chili pepper
in the world as of February 2012. According to the New Mexico State University Chile Institute,
the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville
scale, making it the hottest chili pepper in the world to date. The golf ball-sized chili pepper scored the
highest among a handful of chili cultivars reputed to be among the hottest in
the world. Its mean heat topped more than 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat
scale, while fruits from some individual plants reached 2 million heat units.
Leaving out the heat, the Moruga Scorpion has a tender fruit like flavor, which
makes it a unique sweet-hot combination.
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper is so strong that those who handle it have to wear
protective gloves. Exposure to the eye or near the eye when handling this pepper
could cause temporary blindness. While preparing the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion one should wear a
chemical mask and or a body suit to defend against fumes given off in the
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