Rare 'Trinidad Scorpions'

Posted by: Dave DeWitt

Tagged in: gardening , chile varieties



Trinidad Scorpions on a pepper plate.Hydroponic Grower Jim Duffy reports from San Diego: "Well I have to say, Dave, that my 'Trinidad Scorpion' crop was not the amount I wanted to produce. But sometimes you have to look at the silver lining. The 'Trinidad Scorpion' is a rare chile all by itself. Very few supply seeds and only this year did more than just a few people grow it here in the good old U.S.A. So when one of my potted plants produced a yellow pod, I was excited. This plant is an isolated plant and yellow Scorpions would be nice to have in my seed bank. But it was the only yellow pod the plant produced. Then I started seeing more pods turning yellowish. And then it happened. Every pod on that plant except the first yellow one were turning bright orange! Now I have heard that there is an orange Scorpion but never found a pic on the Web. Now my entire plant was going from green to orange. Not one red pod to be found. Sad to say the plant is dying but most pods will turn before I pull it up. So here is a treat for your readers. A pic of red, yellow and orange 'Trinindad Scorpions' all together! No Scorpion bumper crop this year, but I will take one rare plant over 50 common ones any day!"

I never saw this variety during my two trips to Trinidad, where the 'Congo Pepper' is so dominant, for good reason: its extreme heat and extreme size.  Look at this one in Mary Jane's hand.  When I cut it open to get the seeds, the fumes drove us out of our room at the Kapok Hotel in Port of  Spain!
Congo Pepper in Trinidad


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I enjoyed the short article with Jim Duffy. I tried Trinidad Scorpins for the first time. I got about 3 flowers and zero pods. Will try next year because I like new and blistering chiles, too! However, I DID get some luck with a barrel of Solar Flares. Good-sized pods, ripening to red. Janie at Cross Country said they're new, so I tried a couple of plants. Moderate success, but like Jim says, "but I will take one rare plant over 50 common ones any day!"nnJohn from San Jose
John Sphar , October 26, 2009
Having spent a few years in Trinidad, I can assure you that both the 'Scorpion' and the 'Congo Pepper' are as fearsome as described. I ruined a beef stew for 8 people by adding what I thought was one (1) ordinary Habanero pepper when indeed it was a quite hotter variety... Only the Almighty would know what kind it was, perhaps one of the above-mentioned. Beware of Trinidadian chilis!
Thoorbear , October 26, 2009
amazing! I am dying to try these peppers. bad crop this year. sooooo sad
pepperchef , October 21, 2009

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