Think you’re a pro at handling spicy foods? Think twice—the scorpion pepper will put your best heat-handling skills to shame! Rated the 2nd hottest pepper in the world, this pepper has a sting that only the most skillful spicy food gurus can survive.
According the Scoville Scale (the official method used to measure the hotness of a chile pepper), the Trinidad moruga scorpion averages 1,200,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), but some peppers can reach up to 2,000,000+ SHUs! To put this into perspective, a bell pepper averages about 0 SHUs, a banana pepper averages about 300 SHUs, and a jalapeño averages about 6,000 SHUs. This registers the scorpion pepper as the second hottest pepper in the world—with heat anywhere from 200-400x hotter than a jalapeño!
Remember, while hot foods provide for a fun challenge, good flavor is still of utmost importance! To have a full and satisfying culinary experience, spicy foods including hot peppers, hot sauces, and hot spices must also prioritize the flavor they add and how they complement the dish you’re consuming. A great example of a unique culinary experience involving the scorpion pepper is TSTE®‘s Scorpion Pepper Sea Salt. While still insanely hot, this combination of sea salt and Trinidad moruga scorpion contains just the right percentage of chiles to allow a hint of their natural flavor to seep through the heat! For an impressive dish that packs a punch, add a dash of this sea salt to wings, fries, fajitas, chili, meats, and more!
- The Trinidad moruga scorpion pepper is named after the region in which it originated—it is a native to the district of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. This spicy pepper is versatile and can be grown (from late spring to early fall) from seeds in most parts of the world.
- During harvesting, researchers picking the peppers went through about four pairs of latex gloves due to capsaicin penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on their hands. During research, they used protective gear including: gas masks, goggles, full-body Tyvek suits, and many layers of latex gloves.
- If you can get past the sting of the heat, scorpion peppers have a fruit-like flavor, resulting in a unique sweet-hot combination!
- There are many who have dared to consume an entire scorpion pepper! What happens when this CRAZY-hot pepper is consumed? Learn more by reading this fun article on livescience.com!