The Trinidad Scorpion is a variety of the Capsicum chinense species, which is the bonnet family of peppers. The Trinidad Scorpion strongly resembles the habanero and the Scotch Bonnet—but the Trinidad Scorpion has both of these peppers beat with its extreme heat! The only other pepper listed by the Guinness Book of World Records that beats the Trinidad Scorpion pepper is Carolina Reaper pepper. Second place may generally be considered a losing position, but in the case of the World’s Hottest Peppers, that’s not necessarily true.
The Trinidad Scorpion is currently second on the World’s Hottest Pepper list. It has an average rating of 1,200,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) with the hottest Trinidad Scorpions measuring 2,009,231 SHU. Currently, the number one spot belongs to the Carolina Reaper, which has a max of 2,200,000 SHU and has an average of 1,641,000 SHU. So, although the Carolina Reaper is generally hotter than the Trinidad Scorpion, sometimes the Trinidad Scorpion wins for heat. It really just depends on the time and place of measurement. They are typically neck-and-neck competitors.