I finally picked my first Trinidad chili pepper today – I poked it with a pin and put the tip of the pin on my tongue. That small little pin head numbed that part of my tongue for some time afterwards.
We cut this very small pepper in half and put in our ceviche tonight that a friend recently caught in San Diego – a few pieces went an extremely long way – we didn’t dare eat a piece of the pepper and removed the very small slices before even eating the fish. This large dish which normally requires a number of generic hot Thai Chili peppers was incredibly hot just from the several very small slices. And not to mention the pungency of this pepper when you cut it open – it just smells dangerous.
Initially the heat isn’t so bad but it builds quickly and with just a kiss of this pepper your mouth is on fire. I can’t even imagine trying more than a pin head’s straight shot of this sucker!
Yes, there is even a website where you can purchase various Chili seeds including this “scorpion” – check out: www.superhotchiles.com