Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Experts at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute announced that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is the hottest pepper on the planet. The Associated Press reports that the pepper’s mean heat exceeded 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, while some individual peppers reached 2 million units. Chile aficionados tout the scorpion’s complex flavor and “crack-like” rush. According to the AP article, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion’s ascendancy marks a new level of precision in the measurement of chile heat. In the words of chile expert Paul Bosland: “Chile heat is a complex thing, and the industry doesn’t like to base it on just a single fruit that’s a record holder. It’s too variable.” Can I just say that I love that there are serious scientific research teams working day and night to measure chile heat? Plus, you end up with gems like this:

‘”As with all the previous record holders, there will be a run on seeds and plants,” said Jim Duffy, a grower in San Diego who supplied the university with seeds for four of the super-hot varieties. “Like Cabbage Patch dolls right before Christmas or Beanie Babies, it’s like the hot item.“‘ No pun intended, I’m sure.