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Trinidad Scorpion or Trinidad 7 Pot? Both! PDF Print E-mail
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Text and Photos ©2010 by Jim Duffy, RefiningFireChiles.com

I grow the hardest-to-find strains of rare hot chiles and any chile I grow for seed is isolated on one of 23 different properties in San Diego county. I have been growing the Trinidad superhots now for 3 years, trying to get the develop the best strains I can. After all that growing, I have come to the conclusion that the Trinidad Scorpion and the Trinidad 7 Pot are the same chile--just variations of one another. And just like other chiles that have variations there will be differences in each variation--in in heat, flavor, color, tone, texture ,and size. We can isolate these different variations or strains over years to get what we want, whether it's more Scorpion tails or more heat or darker color. Farmers have been doing this since the beginning of time. But until that happens Scorpion tails will appear on your 7 Pot plants and Scorpion plants will produce wrinkled lumpy pods that are 7 Pot.

So why should any of us be surprised? Trinidad is not that big of an Island, slightly smaller than Delaware. It is impossible for a country so small to produce isolated pure strains consistently over thousands of years. Lets look at some photos of chiles I produced and you will see the differences and similarities. First, lets see the Trinidad Scorpion.

Trinidad Scorpion Group

Notice some pods have tails but some pods in left side of picture are wrinkly and have no tails. They have more of a 7 Pot look. Trinidad Scorpions don't all have tails. Most plants I have grown show about 30% forming tails on the pods. Now lets look at a picture of the Trinidad 7 Pot. This is the more consistent SR Strain from CARDI, the Caribbean Agriculture and Development Institute, located in St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Trinidad 7 Pot

Well, would you look at that! It resembles a Scorpion! In fact most SR Trinidad 7 Pots have a small tail and more consistency in pod shape and size than any Scorpion I have grown. Now here are two pictures of Trinidad 7 Pot Jonah strain.

7 Pot Jonah with Tail

Can you see the Scorpion resemblance? Now look at the second Jonah photo and it will have more of a 7 Pot look.

7 Pot Jonah

If you go back to my first photo of a group of Scorpions you will see the pods in the left side of that first photo resemble this 7 Pot Jonah one. Now lets look at the Trinidad Yellow 7 Pot.

Yellow Scorpion with Tail

 

Yellow 7 Pot with Tail

Can you see the Scorpion elements in these? Now from the same plants I will show you a pod that looks more like a 7 Pot.


 

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