Today is a fire pepper spree for some reason. Digging deeper into the void we have news of a new king in town, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper has been uncovered to reach Scoville units exceeding 2 million. The previous king is no slouch breaching the 1 million barrier but this new breed seems to pack a punch unlike any other with a problematic side effect of actually being tasty on top of painfully hot.
Getting your own peppers figured out wont be that easy as the AP notes:
During harvesting, senior research specialist Danise Coon said she and the two students who were picking the peppers went through about four pairs of latex gloves.
“The capsaicin kept penetrating the latex and soaking into the skin on our hands. That has never happened to me before,” she said.
The seeds are already in high demand which means securing your own plants might be a little difficult and time to reach the market integrated into products will be limited as well. In the meantime if you’re hooked into the chili market you might be able to score your own brain strain peppers as many have on Youtube already using google and keywords like brain strain or 7 pot to get a match.
The end of 2012 should be an interesting time for chili products if you’re a fan, if not then just watch out because you might find friends slipping fire sauce into your dish.