Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Blend
Warning: Handle with extreme caution and use hand, eye and breathing protection.
The Unofficial Hottest Chile in the World!
The Morouga Scorpion is from the Islands of Trinidad and Tobago, near where Christopher Columbus first landed. On February 6, 2012 the Chile Pepper Institute announced that some pods of this chile had tested at 2,009,231 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The average heat of all pods combined was 1,207,764 SHUs.
Many have asked me what the "blend" part means, and asked if it is a hybrid. According to the person (Chris Phillips) that introduced this chile to the United States, it is a stable land race variety from Trinidad:
I got them originally in early 2007. Sent seeds across the world in 2008. They've been grown in a lot of countries now. :) It's a definitely landrace in Trinidad as told to me by my original source. I have no doubt it's stable
The surface of Morouga Scorpion is rough and pebbly like the Trinidad 7 Pot chile varieties. Average size of the pods is slightly bigger than a golf ball.
The name of this chile is often shortened to the Morouga or Moruga Scorpion. There is some controversy among chile growers as to whether this chile is a renamed version of the Trinidad 7 Pot Brain Strain®. I don't really know, but know that it is hotter than hell! I have never seen a chile ooze capsaicin oil like this one. When you cut into it, the oil will actually ooze out onto your cutting board. Be careful with this one!