While its average heat is 1.2 million Scoville units, the hottest individual Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili pepper measured 2,009,231 units on the Scoville scale! According to the New Mexico State University Chile Institute, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale, making it the hottest chili pepper in the world to date. The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper was, for three years, ranked the most pungent ("hot") pepper in the world according to Guinness World Records. These super hot varieties are all varieties of the species Capsicum chinense. In 2012, New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute identified the Trinidad Moruga scorpion as the hottest chili at that time, with heat of 1.2 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). World record. The Trinidad Moruga scorpion (Capsicum chinense) is a chili pepper native to the village of Moruga, Trinidad and Tobago.It is one of the spiciest chilies in the world. The Moruga Scorpion is indigenous to the Moruga region of Trinidad and Tobago. ... Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (Moruga, Moruga Scorpion, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Red) Capsicum Chinense: 1,000,000 - 1,853,936 SHU: 10+++ Chocolate 7 Pot (7 Pot Douglah) Varieties of the genus Capsicum chinense like Trinidad Moruga Scorpion or HP22B (Carolina Reaper) are one of the hottest chili cultivars in the world with a pungency of up to more than 2 million Scoville Heat Units. A laboratory test conducted in March 2011 measured a specimen at 1,463,700 Scoville heat units, officially ranking it the hottest pepper in the world at the time. How Hot is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper? The golf ball-sized chili pepper scored the highest among a handful of chili cultivars reputed to be among the hottest in the world. In the study, the overall mean heat was measured at more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units, the highest measuring at over 2 Million SHU on the Scoville Scale. The Scoville Scale lists all hot chili peppers sorted by their pungency and their amount of capsaicin in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The Scoville heat scale measures the amount of heat present in a chili pepper created by the chemical compound capsaicin.

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