Thanks to Jim Duffy and CaJohn Hard for the exclusive pics and information in confidence. I knew that Jim and John were headed to the all important chile conference at the New Mexico Pepper Institute for a little bit, and there was a very good chance that the study they were doing on the super hot chile pepper seeds provided both by Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles and Dr. Herman Adam of CARDI, (Caribbean Agriculture Research & Development Institute), would produce a new record. So I started a new Scoville chart a few weeks back in anticipation of the new numbers.
For this sample test study the following super hot chile pepper seeds were gathered:
All Moruga Scorpion, Trinidad 7-Pot, Chocolate 7-Pot(Douglah) seeds were provided by Jim Duffy’s Refining Fire Chiles. The Trinidad Scorpion seeds were provided by CARDI Trinidad and Refining Fire Chiles. The Bhut Jolokia seeds were provided by the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute.
An excited Jim Duffy sent me this via text and phone:
“Facts. Samples were sent to three labs. Some samples were groups of 25 peppers not just a single pepper. If people doubt this study it is now under review by Horticulture Science magazine and will be published when done. I have been growing the Moruga Scorpion for 3 years and will have plants in April. Also as far as genetics goes Dave DeWitt’s published article in 2011 about the bhut being related to the scorpion is false. Genetic testing shows the bhut being more related to an orange hab(anero) than a scorpion!
The last 3 chile records were based on single tests with only one lab! Again these results are based on multiple samples from different parts of the field and verified by two other labs. We did it the right way!”
Here is Jim’s pics from the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute Conference:
So where does the Moruga name come from? Answer from Wikipedia:
“The district of Moruga lies on the central south coast of Trinidad at the western end of the Trinity Hills. It is in Victoria County, Trinidad and Tobago, and is served by the Princes Town Regional Corporation.”
Where is Trinidad and Tobago you might ask? Here is a little map for your perusal. Get to know where your new record holding world’s hottest chile pepper comes from folks:
Jim sent Firehead Thomas and myself some Moruga Scorpions last year before we ever knew they would be record holders a year later. Here is a little flashback to those happy painful moments I soon will not forget. Try not to laugh too hard. We have feelings you know.