Monday, February 28, 2011

New Mexico Scorpion pepper the hottest?

New Mexico Scorpion pepper

Jim Duffy, the grower of one of the world’s hottest chile peppers the New Mexico Scorpion. Testing, conducted by third-party Analytical Foods Laboratory in Texas, rated the New Mexico Scorpion pepper at 1,191,595 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

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Jim Duffy a grower of the rarest and hottest chiles and owner of Refining Fire Chiles grew the hottest chiles on record in 2010. So why no official record we asked Jim?
Jim replied It's a long story and time to tell it. After sending one of my Trinidad Scorpion Peppers to Dave De Witt in New Mexico in 2009 the journey began. Dave De Witt is called "Pope of Peppers" and is the author of many Chile Pepper books. Dave gave the pepper to his long time friend Marlin Bensinger a chemical engineer and one of the foremost experts on capsaicin science. Marlin tested it and it came in higher than the Bhut Jolokia. So in 2010 Mr. Duffy grew some Trinidad Scorpion and Trinidad 7 Pot plants for Marlin to put into the fields in New Mexico.
New Mexico Scorpion pepper

Marlin drove out to Lakeside, California just east of San Diego to meet Jim and see his new chile garden project. Jim gave Marlin the plants to take back to New Mexico and also agreed to send peppers from his plants as well. From September through November Marlin tested the Scorpions from Jim's plants and also a few plants Marlin acquired from a grower in New Jersey. Marlin also tested other Trinidad chiles and found a total of 4 varieties that came in higher than the Bhut Jolokia! When satisfied that the Trinidad Scorpion came in with the highest heat rating we then sent samples to an Independent lab in Texas. Analytical Food Labs in Texas is the top in it's field in pungency testing for the food and spice industry. Our results from Texas confirmed our findings so we had Dave De Witt's people file for Guinness World Record.
New Mexico Scorpion pepper
So I asked Jim about the Naga Viper. Well said Jim there never was any third party testing for the Naga Viper or the Infinity Chile before it. Therefore the Chile Pepper Institute and other major growers won't recognize it. Besides any student of Botany or Horticulture knows you cannot create a new plant variety in a year or two. So therefore it cannot exist! I mean can I cross a Great Dane with a Poodle and then later breed the puppies and have a stable dog breed? Of course not! So it cannot happen with plants either in a short time and the growers of the Infinity and Naga Viper claim they did that. In fact the Naga Viper is supposed to be a 3 way cross. Which is impossible.

So why does Guinness recognize it? Well I really don't know said Jim. Guinness asked us for variety authentication by a Horticulturist and growing records. If we had to prove it why didn't others? You must understand Guinness is Independent and nothing but a record keeper and record publisher. They are not a scientific organization. They can make their own rules and set their own criteria and change it anytime they want. We had third party verification by one of the World's top food labs. The English growers sent their samples in to a college. Not a qualified food lab or Agricultural lab like New Mexico State. Just an average college. The purpose of third party verification is to make sure peppers are not tampered with. Anyone can add chemical extract to a pepper and only a top lab would detect that. Not saying that happened but without third party testing no pepper record has credibility. It is also important to note that when the Chile Pepper Institute asked for seeds of the Naga Viper from Gerald Fowler it was declined.
New Mexico Scorpion pepper the hottest?