“No, thank you.”
That’s what I will say if anybody offers me a bite of Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. That is not actually a scorpion, but the name of the chili pepper alleged to be the world’s hottest.
According to a story out of Albuquerque by the Associated Press, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion’s heat is measured at 1.2 million Scoville units. The fruits from some individual plants reached 2 million heat units.
For myself, I prefer the jalapeño, the chili pepper that has about 6 Scoville units, and sometimes even that delicacy can seem a little hot.
It isn’t that I’m against peppers. On the contrary, I enjoy them in very modest quantities with other food. But I don’t want to have my meal make me feel like a furnace of molten aluminum has just been poured into my mouth.
Also, I prefer not to sweat too heavily as I eat, or to feel like I’ve just had a dose of crack cocaine. Apparently if one is able to get a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion into one’s mouth and bite on it even a little, the blood starts flowing faster, the sweat starts pouring out of one’s skin, one’s face turns red and one swears one’s mouth has just been set on fire.
However, that particular pepper is supposed to be one of the world’s most flavorful, but to what end. I had some hotter-than-normal salsa at a local restaurant the other day, and all my taste buds went up in smoke before I could get any idea of the salsa’s flavor. And those peppers probably were at 7 or 8 on the Scoville scale. I’m just not man enough for that.
You, however, already may be salivating for Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, and if that’s the case, you won’t have long to wait. Hot sauce makers already are on the case, so expect to have the opportunity to set your tongue on fire very soon.