The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (Capsicum Chinense), is endemic to the district of Moruga Trinidad and Tobago. In February 2012 The New Mexico State University's Chili Pepper Institute identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the hottest chili pepper in the world. However since then this pepper has been dethroned as the Worlds Hottest by the NEW HOTTEST Pepper, The Carolina Reaper.
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.