Trinidad Moruga Scorpion wins hottest pepper title
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)
--There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. [Moruga is the village in Trinidad where Christopher Columbus first landed.] With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet. The golf ball-sized pepper scored the highest among a handful of chile breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world. Its mean heat topped more than 1.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, while fruits from some individual plants reached 2 million heat units.
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