Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper

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Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
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Pots of 'Butch T' peppers
Species Capsicum chinense
Hybrid parentage Trinidad scorpion
Breeder Butch Taylor
Origin Crosby, Mississippi
Heat Exceptionally hot
Scoville scale 500,000 - 1,463,700 SHU

The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper is a Capsicum chinense cultivar that is among the most piquant peppers. It is derived from the Trinidad scorpion, which is indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago.[1] It was named by Neil Smith from The Hippy Seed Company,[2] after he got the seeds originally from Butch Taylor, the owner of Zydeco Farms in Woodville/Crosby, Mississippi, and a hot sauce company, who is responsible for propagating the pepper's seeds.[3] The "scorpion" peppers are referred to as such because the pointed end of the pepper is said to resemble a scorpion's stinger.

World record[edit]

The Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper was, for three years, ranked as the most pungent ("hot") pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records.[4][5] A laboratory test conducted in March 2011 measured a specimen at 1,463,700 Scoville heat units, officially ranking it the hottest pepper in the world at that time.[note 1] The secret to the heat, according to the creators,[citation needed] is fertilizing the soil with the liquid runoff of a worm farm.[6] In 2012, Guinness World Records recognized the Carolina Reaper as the hottest pepper in the world, peaking at approximately 2,200,000 SHU.[7]


  1. ^ The pungency of a species of chili pepper can vary by up to a factor of 10 depending on the conditions under which the specimen grew.


  1. ^ Torrisi, Lauren (February 16, 2012). "Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Crowned World’s Hottest Pepper". ABC News. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Drew, A.J. "Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper". Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Record Broken Again!" Retrieved April 14, 2011
  4. ^ "Hottest chili" at Guinness World Records Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Guinness World Records" at Guinness World Records. Retrieved February 19, 2013
  6. ^ "Aussies grow world's hottest chilli" Retrieved April 14, 2011
  7. ^ Hottest Chili pepper on urth, Guinness Worlds Records