HERE WE GO AGAIN!
The Moruga Scorpion (click here to buy seeds) is the new world’s hottest chile pepper at over 2 million SHU according to a report from the Las Cruces Sun-News. (Actually, all the chiles aren’t over 2M SHU, just the hottest chiles from the batch NMSU tested.)
It was announced by Chile Pepper Institute director Paul Bosland at the 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference on Monday. According to their tests: the Moruga Scorpion has an average Scoville rating of 1,207,764 SHU (not a world record), with a high test of 2,009,231 SHU, and a low test of 580,198 SHU. Now what does this tell us?
I HAVE NO IDEA!
You tell me! What number should we use? The high, the low, or the average? Which number does the Guinness Book of World Records use? Can I replicate these results if I grow a Moruga Scorpion plant in my backyard? Who shot JFK? WHERE’S THE BEEF?!
Here’s my opinion… Like most things I think the race for the world’s hottest chile has become more about profits than palpability. If your business grows the chile with the highest SHU, then you get the world record, the notoriety and more importantly; the sales. This Scoville rating chiles thing has become a giant cluster f**k. Even if the chile experts could agree to a common system based on the average rating of multiple chiles, that still tells you nothing. They’re testing the average SHU of specific seedstock in specific growing conditions. The Moruga Scorpions tested were grown by the Chile Pepper Institute, in Las Cruces, NM, at 4000′ elevation, with average rainfall of 8.5″ per year. How many places can you find those conditions? Not at my house!
Oh well, nothing we can do about it now. This conflict for capsaicin command has become too lucrative to letup. I’ll keep reporting the records, you keep reading the records, and eventually nature will reach its pain threshold.