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23 October 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 300,000+ SHU

Capsicum Chinense

A rare chili pepper hailing from the Caribbean. These red, wrinkled peppers sport tails that resemble the scorpion, hence the name, and are known for their intense heat.

When growing, they are approximately 80+ days to full maturity, and they are great for growing in pots or containers, and even for indoor growing. The peppers are produced with a pointy tip.

They are very hot and mature from green to vibrant red. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and creamy-yellow flowers. Ideal for salsas, marinades, and making your own hot sauce.

The most famous of this particular pepper is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper, which is one of the hottest peppers in the world measuring over 1.4 Million Scoville Heat Units with bumpy skin and a scorpion-like tail.

That pepper is indigenous to Tobago and Trinidad, and was propagated in the United States by Butch Taylor in 2011, who provided seeds to Neil Smith of The Hippy Seed Company and Marcel de Wit, from the Chilli Factory, both in Australia. Smith named the peppers after Butch Taylor.

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