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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Peter Piper Picked A Pickled Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper

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The world's hottest chile pepper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. (Photo Courtesy of New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute)The Trinidad Scorpion, another "super hot" chile variety. (Photo Courtesy of New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute)The Bhut Jolokia is the previous record holder for world's hottest chile pepper, as identified by the institute and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007. (Photo Courtesy of New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute)A field of "super hot" chile plants. (Photo Courtesy of New Mexico State University Chile Pepper Institute)

Danise Coon knows her chile peppers.

She is with the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University — which says that the hottest pepper around is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. It’s about the size of a golf ball and packs quite a punch — so much of a punch that while Coon and her students were harvesting them, their protective gloves were burned.

Not everyone is happy about the news. The Bhut Jolokia had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the hottest chile pepper around. In an article in an Indian newspaper called The Hindustan Times, the author suggests that the Chile Pepper Institute has a financial incentive to declare Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper the hottest in the world.

Guest:

  • Danise Coon, Chile Pepper Institute, New Mexico State University

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