The Trinidad Scorpion is a variety of the Capsicum Chinese 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.
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.
This chilli is not for the faint-hearted, remember to always be cautious when you’re cooking with hot peppers; wear gloves while handling and cutting Trinidad scorpion to avoid getting burned by the chilli oil.
How does one use such a super-hot pepper? Hot sauce is a favourite way to consume the Trinidad Scorpion If you really like your heat, you can cook with the whole pepper. Trinidad Scorpion also make great pepper flakes and are the perfect ingredient for dry
rubs on BBQ meats.
Culinary Notes :
- The whole dried pod can be ground in a blender (with or without the hot seeds, depending on heat preferences).
- You can also rehydrate them by pouring boiling-hot water over them and steeping for about 20 minutes.
- They can then be added to any stew, bean or rice dish. Try adding shredded ghost chilli flakes to you next pasta dish and appreciate the super heat kick.
- Combine with other chillies to create a complex depth of flavour and heat
- Used as a key ingredient in moles, tamales, enchiladas, salsa, soups and any sauce that may need a bit of extra heat.
All chillis contain capsaicin which is known to have many health benefits including boosting the immune system, eliminating inflammation, and helping with weight loss.
Some people are concerned that because these chillies are so hot, it could actually kill them. This is false. Although eating an extremely hot chili causes your pain receptors to react as if you are experiencing pain, it’s only an illusion. They won’t do any damage unless you have an allergy or an ulcer. You should not have a problem eating these chillies unless you know that spicy foods and hot peppers negatively affect your health.
If you don’t normally eat spicy foods, it’s probably not a great idea to go straight for a Carolina Reaper, trindad scorpion or ghost chilli. Instead, ease yourself into eating the Carolina Reaper by trying more mild peppers like the jalapeno first. But if you’re experimenting and discover you can’t take the heat, a glass of milk should help you recover.
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Country of origin:
trinidad and tobago
Other names or spelling:
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper,