Moruga is a district or region in the south east of Trinidad, it is also oddly enough a genus in the Batychelidae family of spiders AKA the Trapdoor spider found in Australia.
But in this case the Moruga Scorpion spider or even a Scorpion, but a small red chilli which can grow a tail that looks a little like that of a scorpion, there is some confusion on the spelling on the name, I have seen it listed as Morouga Scorpion and as Moruga Scorpion, we are assuming this is the same chilli pepper.
The skin of the Moruga Scorpion is highly textured with fine ridges (as you can see from the picture above), always a tell tale sign for a super hot chilli, we are also see it described as a cross between Red Savina Habanero and a Trinidad Scorpion.
The Moruga Scorpion is the first chilli pepper we have seen that has cleared the 2 million Scoville Units seen in the lasted set of results from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, where it reported a high of 2,009,231 SHU, a mean heat of 1,207,764 SHU and a low of 580,192 SHU.
We hope to have more information on this variety soon and if it will be the new “Worlds Hottest Chilli”, we keep our fingers crossed for Jim Duffy who grew the samples tested.