The Different Between Moruga Scorpion & Trinidad Scorpion

What is now declared to be the hottest of any and all chili peppers is the Trinidad Scorpion Chili Pepper. Ranking highest ever recorded on the Scoville heat units (SHU) over 2,009,231 at one time. This is reportedly much hotter than the Habanero or any other chili pepper. Yet within this Trinidad Scorpion Chili Pepper, another type with it’s own heat index and taste.

The first Scorpion Chili Pepper was Butch T Pepper, grown in Australia by The Chili Factory, offers a piquant pepper that while hot, had other pleasurable tastes too. The Butch T version is named after the owner of Zydeco Farms, Butch Taylor, in Woodville/Crosby Mississippi. He also owns a hot sauce company. This is the origin of all for the seeds where more of this hellish hot pepper come from.

From the Butch T, we branch off in to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili Pepper, a golf ball-sized pepper that is said to be the absolute hottest chili pepper recorded with a score of a mean 1.2 million units on the SHU scale. Those that have braved a taste say that one bite isn’t bad … at first. Then the heat starts building and increasing in heat and depending on your taste for hot and spicy, it’s either delicious or nasty.

The seeds originating from the Zydeco Farms and are now shipped all around the world. Those with the most success will grow their plants in a dry climate. The dryer the climate, the hotter the product. The Trinidad Scorpion peppers are ready in 90 to 120 days after transplant to be used in dishes.

If you are able to get the seeds, rumor has that the Zydeco Farms only ship within the United States, you want to take a seed starter tray and partially fill with organic potting soil. Planting only 4 seeds into each pod of the tray then place a clear plastic lid over the tray. You’ll need to keep the tray in warm weather, 86 degree or above.

Every few days, spray gently with warm water, keeping the plants warm is the main point throughout the process. Germination should appear within 14 days at which point the lid can be removed but the tray must be kept in warm, well lite area. As the leave develop, rid the weaker ones so that all the growth is concentrated on the healthy ones.

When the weather hits 75 degrees or higher outside, they are ready to transplant outside. Adding peat moss to the soil will help if the soil has high acid content. Space them approximately 18 inches apart with the hole matching the ball of the root. Water gently with hose several times a week. Once you see the peppers appearing, handle with disposable gloves, tossing them as soon as you are through harvesting each time.

You must take extra precaution when handling the Trinidad Scorpion Chili Pods. Even the slightest touch can burn the skin and you definitely do not want to scratch your eyes, mouth, nose or other body parts after handling the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili Pods. For those that don’t have the green thumb and simply want to buy scorpion chili pods, the ones grown in the US are only shipped in the US. You may be able to find in places such Australia where they are said to have originated. 

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