New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute has declared a new World's Hottest Chile Pepper.
The new pepper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, is roughly the size of a large lime. The scorpion name is given to the pepper for it's tail like bottom that is very pronounced.
Averages 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units. A tiny fraction have broken the 2 million SHU barrier. Although, most plants grown outside Trinidad have a Scoville rating far below 1 Million SHU.
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion gives most consumers the false impression that the pepper is not hot upon first ingestion.
"The first bite is not so hot, but then the heat creeps up, next thing you know you're in sheer hell."
Unripe Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers are green or yellow in color, becoming bright red when ripe.
Unknown (new pepper variety)