Look out, Naga Viper chilli, there's a new hottest pepper in town -- the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper. How hot is it? *touches butt, makes 'tsssssssss' sound* Even hotter than that if you can believe it. "That was ice-cold." But I've been working out!
The team planted 125 plants of the hottest known varieties--the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the Trinidad Scorpion, the 7-pot, the Chocolate 7-pot and the previous world record holder, the Bhut Jolokia. Once ripe, several peppers from each type were harvested, dried and ground to a powder. From that powder, the team extracted capsaicinoids (the compounds that give peppers their heat) and rated them. The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion averaged 1.2 million SHU with some individual fruits measuring a face-melting two million-plus SHU.
These peppers are so hot that the team went through multiple sets of gloves during the harvest because the Scorpion's capsaicin, "kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on our hands. That has never happened to me before," said senior research specialist Danise Coon.
Damn, the previous record holder (the Naga Viper) topped out at ~1.4-million SHU and was strong enough to strip paint AND buttholes. And this one gets up to 2-million? I bet it could strip a person naked and set their nipples ablaze. I must have one. "Can I call you Volcano Nips afterwards?" NO. You will address me as Atomic Firetits and *slap* MY EYES ARE UP HERE, PERVERT.
Thanks to Scotty, who claims he once ate a whole ghost pepper and felt like he was about to die. Pfft, I always feel like I'm about to die.