Trinidad Scorpion Moruga – The World’s Hottest Chili Pepper

Ever since the ghost pepper took the crown for the world’s hottest pepper in 2007 in seems the race for the new hottest pepper has accelerated. That said meet the Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend (or is it Morouga?). According to the photo being circulated Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles the pepper(s) Jim had tested came in at over 2 million scoville units. If true that would crush the previous record of 1,463,700 set by the Butch T Trinidad Scorpion pepper. Prior to the Butch T the Naga Viper had the record for very short period of time and was measured at 1,382,118 scoville heat units.

At 2,009,231 the Moruga is a screamer for sure but what I find interesting is the highs and lows reported on the chart. The bhut jolokia actually beat out the 7 pot and Trinidad scorpion peppers on the high end. The record setting Moruga pepper is on the low end of the heat scale on the low end of measurement. The chocolate 7 pot took 2nd and in this test had the highest score on the low end of the range. Perhaps that signifies a more consistent heat level with that type of pepper.

While Jim may take credit for this grow and for the getting it recorded as the hottest pepper in the world I did some digging to see if I could find who/how and where this pepper started growing in the united states. I was pleasantly surprised, it looks like Christopher Phillips, aka cmpman1974 was the first to acquire the seeds and start spreading them to the pepper community. According to Chris “I got them originally in early 2007. Sent seeds across the world in 2008. They’ve been grown in a lot of countries now. 🙂 It’s a definitely landrace in Trinidad as told to me by my original source. I have no doubt it’s stable.”  Not only does Chris take some of best pepper pictures on earth he’s also a very generous guy. A nice section of my garden this year is dedicated to yellow bhut jolokia seeds Chris sent me a few months ago:-) Thanks for all you do for the pepper community Chris!

(Jim Duffy later confirmed that his seeds were given to him by a source that received them from Chris)

Here’s a classic moruga pepper taste test video from the The Hippy Seed Company:

This guy does a nice job with his review too: Trinidad Scorpion Morouga Blend Homegrown Pod Test

Another good review (some foul language)

Another good one, Buddah vs the Moruga Scorpion

McDermotts vs Trinidad Scorpion Morouga

Recommended by Jim Duffy

If you would like to read more or discuss the morouga blend pepper check these out…

New World Record??? We Shall See
Moruga Scorpion New Worlds Hottest Pepper
Is this a TS Morouga? (a little older but stop by and give Chris props for spreading the seeds!)
New Record Holder, the Moruga Scorpion Pepper
The Moruga Scorpion, The New Heat Champ?
Moruga Scorpion – Hits 2 Million Scoville Units
Moruga Scorpion – The Hottest Chili Pepper in the World
It’s official : De nieuwe kampioen is er !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moruga Scorpion e il nuovo record di piccantezza?
Introducing the Jimmy D Moruga Scorpion, the World’s Hottest Pepper
New Worlds Hottest Chilli – Again
What is a Moruga Scorpion
Trinidad Scorpion “Morouga Blend” (C. Chinense) (awesome pictures)
2 Million scoville – Moruga Scorpion
Moruga Scorpion is the World’s Hottest Chile Pepper?
Alweer een nieuwe heetste peper
A Few Minutes With Jim Duffy….. (an interview from 2011 where Jim talks about the moruga tests)
The 2M TSMB: Interpreting the results
February 2012 Poll: Do you think a new chile pepper will ever replace the Moruga Scorpion as the hottest?
Brain Strain vs TS morouga
The Results – Moruga Scorpion – Is it the new Hottest Chilli Pepper?
The Facts Behind the Moruga Scorpion and the Chile Pepper Institute Super-Hot Study: A Talk With Jim Duffy
2 Million Scovilles

Looking for Moruga pepper seeds? I would recommend…

Refining Fire Chiles
The Hippy Seed Company
Old Barn Nursery (they have dried pods too!)

You can also try the Pepper Search Engine.

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39 Responses to Trinidad Scorpion Moruga – The World’s Hottest Chili Pepper

  1. jay fisher says:

    Hi Jim, I am interested in some plants. I had two dozen going before I went on vacation and my house sitter killed them all. I may be able to salvage one. Can you reply with a way I can get in touch with you to order?

  2. Keith Kennedy says:

    I am very interested in growing this pepper and would like to purchase some plants as it is already April and starting from seeds is not a good option for me at this time. Can you post reply on how to purchase thanks.

  3. Travis says:

    I am interested in purchasing plants as all of my seeds failed.

  4. Jose Jekeri Taningco says:

    I would like to purchase moruga scorpion seeds. please tell me how, the payment, can it be shipped in the Philippines. Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon.

  5. Pepper Joe says:

    Hey Gang….get ready.
    There’s about to be a new King named….for the Hottest Pepper in the World.
    Stay tuned…’s going to be EXCITING!
    Fiery Regards,
    Pepepr Joe

  6. Bonney abdul says:

    I am from Trinidad. Eating hot peppers is a past time. People here just enjoy a
    Wide variety of some of the hottest pepper known to man. I am living in Malaysia now, And have bought with me some of the best seeds available from home. Just started planting as it’s June and very hot climate here. Will have seed available
    After harvest.

  7. Johnny Flatner says:

    In the 70’s I lived at Hotel Le Meridien Martinique. Had dinner at the pool restaurant. The crab appetizer was garnished with a slice of red paprika. I ate it and felt immediately it wasn’t paprika but potent chili. After a while I lost my sight. I was totally blinded which lasted probably 5-10 minutes. If the chili had come into contact with the eyes in some way it would have burned, but it didn’t. How was it possible to be totally blinded?
    Any medical explanation?

  8. Anthony says:

    The birth place on the scorpion is Trinidad and we have tons of it,I have the mash and ,the raw whole ones

  9. John says:

    where is the buy now button i want to purchase some seeds…thanks

  10. Antoine Dixon says:

    Greetings everyone I can’t wait for the next pepper growing season. Jim I will be ordering live brain strain, fatalli, and bhut plants from you.

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