How to tell the difference between a Carolina Reaper and a Trinidad Scorpion Chili?

Distinguishing between a Trinidad Scorpion and a Carolina Reaper chili can be done by examining various characteristics:

  1. Appearance:

    • Trinidad Scorpion: Typically, Trinidad Scorpion peppers have a smoother skin with a distinctive elongated shape and a pointed tip.
    • Carolina Reaper: Carolina Reapers often have a rough, bumpy surface, and they are known for their small, tail-like protrusion at the bottom. While Reapers tend to have longer tails, it's not a definitive characteristic for every pepper. There's always some variation in pod shapes.
  2. Colour:

    • Trinidad Scorpion: Colors can range from green to red, with some variants featuring a vibrant yellow hue.
    • Carolina Reaper: Initially green, Carolina Reapers turn to a bright red color as they mature.
  3. Size:

    • Trinidad Scorpion: While sizes can vary, Trinidad Scorpions are generally medium to large in size.
    • Carolina Reaper: Carolina Reapers are known for their small to medium size, but they pack an intense heat.
  4. Scoville Heat Units (SHU):

    • Trinidad Scorpion: The Trinidad Scorpion is extremely hot, with Scoville Heat Units ranging from 1,500,000 to 2,009,231.
    • Carolina Reaper: The Carolina Reaper holds the Guinness World Record for the world's hottest chili, with an average SHU of around 1,641,183, but it can go even higher.
  5. Flavour Profile:

    • Trinidad Scorpion: Known for a bold and fruity flavor, accompanied by intense heat.
    • Carolina Reaper: Offers a sweet and fruity taste initially, followed by an intense, lingering heat.

Remember that they are pretty much the same thing. Reapers tend to have longer tails, but not 100% do. There's always some variation in pod shapes, and individual specimens may vary. Factors such as growing conditions can influence the characteristics of these peppers. Exercise caution when handling and consuming both Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper chilies due to their extreme heat levels.

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