The Underrated Heat: Discover the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

Are you a fan of spicy peppers that set your taste buds on fire and leave you speechless? Do you enjoy growing exotic peppers from seed that can elevate your meals with fruity flavors and make wickedly hot sauces? If so, let me introduce you to the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion pepper – a superhot variety that is not as famous as the Carolina Reaper but is equally delicious, versatile, and fun to grow. In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated superhot peppers out there.

The Origin of the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

The history of the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion begins on the picturesque island of Trinidad and Tobago, located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. In the southern region of the island lies the Moruga district, where a local named Wahid Ogeer first developed this hot weather-loving pepper.

The journey of the Scorpion pepper continued in the 1990s when it was studied by the University of West Indies and eventually made its way to the Chili Pepper Institute in New Mexico. By 2012, it was officially recognized as the hottest pepper in the world. However, its reign was short-lived as the Carolina Reaper quickly stole the spotlight.

The Fiery Heat of the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

The Trinidad Scorpion pepper ranks second on the list of the world’s hottest peppers, with a heat level ranging from 1,550,000 to 2,009,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). One bite of this fireball proves that being second doesn’t mean it lacks intensity. It begins with a slight sweetness before the intense peppery taste takes over, creating a sweltering throat heat that can leave you momentarily speechless.

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Eating a Scorpion pepper is an experience that goes beyond your mouth and throat. You’ll feel the heat in your ears, skin, and even your stomach. I still remember the time I ate a whole Scorpion pepper – it was an unforgettable experience. If you don’t believe me, check out the Facebook live video that perfectly captures the heat of this pepper.

Growing Your Own Scorpion Peppers

If you’re serious about growing Trinidad Scorpion peppers from seed, here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Collect the necessary supplies

To get started, gather quality seed starting soil, a germination tray with a humidity dome, water, a light source, and, of course, Scorpion pepper seeds. Although not required, a heat mat with a digital thermostat can make the process easier.

2. Germinate the seeds

Add water, soil, and seeds to the germination tray. Keep the soil temperature between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, either using a heat mat or by placing the tray on top of the refrigerator. Keep the seeds moist but not soaked, and place them in a bright and warm area. Be patient, as it can take 7 to 21 days (or even up to 6 weeks) for the seeds to sprout.

3. Transplant your seedlings

Once the Scorpion seedlings reach a height of 6 to 8 inches, transfer them into small potting containers with nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Initially, keep them indoors if the temperature is still cold outside. Gradually expose the seedlings to the outdoor elements by increasing their time outside each day. Finally, plant them in a garden bed or buckets in an area with full sun and temperatures between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

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4. Provide proper care and attention

Ensure that your Scorpion plants receive sufficient sunlight, water, and nutrients. Keep in mind that these peppers thrive in mildly warm to hot temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, be cautious of excessive heat and provide temporary shade if needed. Additionally, monitor for pests and control them to protect your plants. Remember that growing superhot peppers like the Scorpion takes time, and it may take 90 to 120 days for your plants to bear fruit.

Scorpion Pepper Variations and Crosses

The Scorpion pepper has undergone numerous crosses and variations since it first emerged from Trinidad. Pepper enthusiasts worldwide have experimented with this fiery pepper, resulting in different characteristics, days to harvest, and heat levels. This continuous evolution is what makes the Scorpion pepper so exciting to grow. Who knows, you might even create your own unique Scorpion pepper variety!

Some popular Moruga Trinidad Scorpion pepper variations include:

  • Trinidad Scorpion: Origin – USA, Days to Harvest: 80+, Heat Level: 1,200,000 – 2,009,000 SHUs
  • Chocolate Moruga: Origin – Trinidad and Tobago, Days to Harvest: 90+, Heat Level: 2,000,000 SHUs
  • Trinidad Scorpion Chocolate Cappuccino: Origin – Trinidad, Days to Harvest: 100+, Heat Level: 1,200,000 – 2,000,000 SHUs
  • BTR Butch T Reaper Scorpion: Origin – USA, Days to Harvest: 165+, Heat Level: 1,500,000 SHUs
  • Butch T Trinidad Scorpion: Origin – USA, Days to Harvest: 90+, Heat Level: 1,463,700 SHUs
  • And many more!

Scorpion Pepper Recipes for the Brave

Now, let’s explore some deliciously spicy treats you can create with Scorpion peppers. Before we dive in, it’s important to understand the unique flavor profile of Scorpion peppers. They have a slight initial sweetness, reminiscent of fruity cotton candy, blended with a spicy pepper taste. This flavor combination makes them perfect for a variety of dishes.

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Here are a few popular Scorpion pepper recipes to try:

  • Scorpion Street Tacos
  • Scorpion Mac & Cheese
  • Randy’s Double Chocolate Scorpion Cookies
  • Bonus Recipe: Blueberry/Chocolate Moruga Jam

Pre-made Scorpion Pepper Snacks

If cooking isn’t your thing, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the intense heat of Scorpion peppers with pre-made snacks. Pepper Joe’s offers a range of delicious options that are already infused with the perfect amount of Scorpion heat. From Scorpion salsa to Scorpion cheddar cheese, there’s something for everyone. You can also add Scorpion-infused sea salt or Scorpion pepper hot sauce to your favorite foods for an instant kick of fiery flavor.

Are Scorpion Peppers Worth Trying?

Although the Carolina Reaper may command more attention, don’t overlook the Moruga Trinidad Scorpion pepper. With its intense heat and unique flavor, it’s a pepper that deserves a spot in your kitchen. After all, once you reach a million SHUs, the taste difference is minimal. Embrace the availability and the chance to create exciting stories to share with your friends. So go ahead, give the Scorpion pepper a try – your taste buds won’t regret it!

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