Trinidad Scorpion Seedlings
Trinidad Scorpion Seedlings
Trinidad Scorpion Seedlings
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The Trinidad Scorpion chili, with its searing heat, has gained prominence in recent years, boasting a Scoville rating exceeding 1.2 million, making it one of the hottest peppers globally. Chili enthusiasts are captivated by the challenge it presents, seeking the thrill of pushing their taste buds to the limit. Yet, despite its popularity, many find the Trinidad Scorpion chili to be an acquired taste, prompting the question of why it's embraced widely, even if not universally enjoyed.

The pepper was christened "Trinidad Scorpion Butch T" by the cultivators, in honor of Butch Taylor, the individual responsible for cultivating these chili peppers in 2011.

Understanding the allure of fiery peppers is crucial. For many, the exhilaration of consuming something intensely spicy, igniting their mouths, is part of the attraction. There's a sense of accomplishment in handling the heat, and the surge of endorphins from the experience is relished by chili enthusiasts.

The Trinidad Scorpion takes this passion to extremes, surpassing the heat levels of common peppers like jalapenos and habaneros. It has become a coveted challenge, a "Holy Grail" for chili enthusiasts who relish the bragging rights that come with conquering its formidable heat.

However, the intense heat and somewhat unpleasant flavor have led to a paradox where many people, despite the chili's popularity, don't enjoy consuming it. The overwhelming heat can be painful, and some describe the flavor as bitter or metallic, with the heat overshadowing other taste elements.

Why, then, do individuals continue to consume the Trinidad Scorpion if it's not universally enjoyable? For many, it's about the challenge itself—testing their ability to withstand the heat, with the exclusivity of being among those who can handle it adding to the allure. Some may incorporate the Trinidad Scorpion sparingly, using it to impart a fiery kick to their favorite dishes.

In summary, the Trinidad Scorpion's popularity stems from its extraordinary heat level and the challenge it poses to chili enthusiasts. Yet, its intense heat and somewhat divisive flavor mean that not everyone finds it palatable. For those up for the challenge, the Trinidad Scorpion can be a thrilling addition to culinary adventures. However, for most, it's best enjoyed sparingly, if at all.


  • Mild (100 to 2,500)
  • Medium (2,500 to 30,000)
  • Hot (30,000 to 100,000)
  • Extra Hot (100,000 to 300,000)
  • Extremely Hot (above 300,000)
  • TRINIDAD SCORPION (above 1,200,000)
🌱 SEEDLING HEIGHT | 10cm-20cm including the root system

📏 SPACING | Rows: 30cm-40cm apart  Plants: 30cm-40cm apart

🥗 HARVEST |  8-10 weeks, depending on location & weather conditions.

🌡️ CONDITIONS Full sun, wind-protected, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Keep moist but not too wet and feed weekly once the plant is a good size.

Trinidad Scorpion plants are small bushes, typically reaching a height of about 0.9-1.2 meters (3-4 feet) tall. Fully grown, they exhibit a bushy, spreading habit with a similar width.

The leaves of the Trinidad Scorpion plant are medium green and oval-shaped with pointed tips, growing alternately along the stems and possessing a slightly fuzzy texture.

The flowers of the Trinidad Scorpion plant are small appearing in clusters and being self-pollinating, eliminating the need for cross-pollination from another plant.

As the flowers mature, they transform into small green pods, eventually ripening into the signature bright red Trinidad Scorpion peppers. These peppers are typically 2.5-5 centimeters (1-2 inches) long, showcasing a distinctive wrinkled, bumpy texture.

A fully grown Trinidad Scorpion plant can yield dozens, if not hundreds, of peppers throughout the growing season, spanning from mid-summer to early fall. However, cultivating Trinidad Scorpions can be challenging, requiring a lengthy growing season, ample sunlight, and consistent watering and fertilization for a bountiful harvest.

Despite the challenges, many chili enthusiasts find growing their own Trinidad Scorpion plants to be a rewarding experience.


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