Trinidad Scorpion the Newly Crowned King of Hot Peppers

How hot is hot? When it comes to growing peppers, for some, it can never be too hot! News has it that there is a new King in town. King of the Hot Pepper!

The guys over at The Pepper Seed and several other sites, are telling us that the new crowned king is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. According to the post, the Butch T Trinidad Scorpion tested at 1,463,700 SHU (SHU = scoville heat units). The current official Guinness record holder is the Naga Viper pepper or ghost pepper which tested at 1,382,118 scoville heat units. Any way you test it that is amazingly HOT!

Why the Butch T part? Well that is a tip of the hat to the grower who acquired the seed and successfully grew it over the past 7 years, sharing the seeds with others so they could develop and grow the Trinidad Scorpion pepper as well. It is an awesome tribute to one who was generous with a new variety.

So I am thinking that it won’t take long for someone to throw a pepper or two into some BBQ sauce or Chili and really kick up some heat. I think I need to get the milk on ice now, just in case!


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