Trinidad Scorpion

(Capsicum chinense)

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy

Trinidad Scorpion also known as the Butch T. Strain Scorpion

(Capsicum chinense)

Have you ever been stung by a Scorpion? Now from the tropical Island of Trinidad comes the Trinidad Scorpion chile. So hot some say it is hotter than the Bhut Jolokia and Naga Morich. The Island of Trinidad is in the Caribbean northeast of Venezuela.

Trinidad Scorpion pods have a pebbly skin surface like a Bhut Jolokia or Naga Morich. But are more plump and sometimes have a little tail. The tail gives it the nickname Scorpion. It has a slight fruity and citrus flavor. Trinidad Scorpion chile plants produce abundant pods. The pods ripen from green to orange to red.

Trinidad Scorpions growing here in the United States are the smaller, hotter variety called the Butch T Strain. Back in 2004, a chile grower and sauce maker named Butch Taylor traded with a seed bank. The seeds for the Trinidad Scorpion were from a grower from New Jersey. Butch grew 3 plants and they looked slightly different from the original growers pods. Butch Taylor's peppers were more consistent in shape and most had well defined Scorpion tails. Butch saved all the peppers and seeds from that year and then shared them with people all over the World. He has been growing them now for over 7 years and many growers like myself have had the benefit of having this pure consistent strain. Butch Taylor is also the owner and creator of Zydeco Sauces from Louisiana. He has some great products. Please check him out on my links page.

I had my pods tested in New Mexico in 2010 and they were rated between 1,200,000 -1,300,00 Scoville units. Unlike the imaginary Naga Viper, we had our results verified at the largest food testing lab in North America. In March 2011 my friend Neil had them tested at a lab in Australia and they came in at over 1,460,000 Scoville units. At this time it is the undisputed champ of chile heat.

In February 2009 I contacted the Agricultural Ministry Department in Trinidad. Here is what they told me about their knowledge of the Trinidad Scorpion. "The Island of Trinidad uses the chile for military grade tear gas and mace. Also they mix it in with Marine paint to keep barnacles from growing on the bottoms of boats. There are two other strains of the Trinidad Scorpion. The first one is called the Morouga and rarely has that little tail. Also recently discovered is the Yellow Trinidad Scorpion."

At Refining Fire Chiles we isolate our seed production plants to avoid cross-pollination with other chile species. If you would like to try it yourself please contact us for seeds, plants (March-August) and fresh chiles (September).

We also grow the Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morich, Chocolate Habanero and many other Hot Chile Pepper plant varieties!
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