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Scorpion Pepper

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With a name like scorpion pepper you can safely assume this one has a pretty vicious sting. Often made into hot sauces this chile is one designed for those who like to play with fire.

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For a while the scorpion pepper held the world’s record with Guinness as “The World’s Hottest Pepper.” (A title taken away by the Naga Viper chile, whose crown was soon usurped by the Ghost Pepper chile.) Chefs who cook with these peppers are required to wear gloves, eyewear, and masks as the fumes can induce burning and numbness. Clocking in at near 1,500,000 Scoville units these peppers are no joke.

The name comes from both the spicy sting of these peppers and because the peppers look like a scorpion’s telson (stinger), growing gnarled and bulbous before tapering off sharply into a curved tip. These are bright red and fiercely potent. As a rather curious contrast the flavor is extremely floral, often described as being reminiscent of rose and geranium.

Looking for cooking ideas for the scorpion pepper? Add one of these to a batch of refried beans, grind a bit up and use in a meat rub, or sneak a bit of one into a raspberry crumble served with vanilla ice cream.

Additional Info
Ingredients Dried scorpion chiles.
Recommended Applications Being one of the hottest chiles in the world, this pepper should be handled with extreme care. Use only where extreme heat is required and use sparingly. The Scorpion Chile can be used in fresh salsa, chili, sauces, and soups. Baking into cornbread is a great way to use this chile or mixing into ground beef to make your own Scorpion Burger. One can also blend the Scorpion Chile with oil and strain to use as an extra hot chile oil.
Basic Preparation CAUTION: One of the world’s hottest chile peppers. Handle with extreme care. Rinse this product with warm water first. To rehydrate, let soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Next, add to any recipe where the product will cook a minimum of 10 minutes. You may also, after rehydration, dice or puree before adding to your recipe. Use this product sparingly.
Qualities All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Product Style Whole
Cuisine Asian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Latin American, Mexican, Pakistani, Southwestern American, Thai
Handling / Storage Store in a cool, dry place. Handle with extreme care.
Scoville Heat Scale 1,500,000–2,000,000
Shelf Life 2 Years
Country of Origin Ecuador


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