Moruga Red Scorpion chilli from Trindad
The Trinidad Moruga Red Scorpion chilli is seen as one of the hottest in the world and draws with the Carolina Reaper. The Moruga red has a tested SHU (Scoville heat unit) of around 2,000,000 which is unbelievably hot by anyone’s standards.
Please note - Seriously this is one plant, the fruits of which must be handled with care - and gloves as it is so hot it will bring you out in blisters. Please do not try to "trick" anyone into thinking it is a mild chilli as doing so could put them in A&E.
Though the Moruga Red has been recorded as over 2 million Scoville heat units it only averages around 1.2 million in the UK simply because we cannot accurately match the growing conditions of it's native country. Two million scoville heat units is the same pungency as police & army pepper spray in India – so if you like peppers with punch this is the one for you.
The Moruga Red requires some support to hold its branches upright because it is a prolific plant, and must be sown no later than February in a heated propagator at around 30°C. The flavour is delicate, sweet with floral fragrance but the actual tasting process requires considerable care!
Just where this competition to "breed" the world's hottest will end is anyone's guess. It's great fun but can anyone actually eat one of these and enjoy it?
This little beasty is thought to be a cross between the original Trinidad Scorpion and the Red Savina. Apparently this chilli is quite rare but we have a reasonable stock of seeds for the 2019 season and will keep everyone informed as to how easy or difficult to grow on our blog at the end of the year.
At the end of the season of course there will be masses of seeds on the market but it is quite possible that someone may have brought in something even hotter!