Growing up, my family grew and ate fresh vegetables all summer long – and spent the rest of our time canning, preserving, or freezing the rest to eat in off-season. About this time of year, the tomatoes and peppers would start rolling in, and my daddy would always laugh at the inevitable abundance of bushel baskets full of various pepper varieties when he walked in the back door of our house saying the age-old tongue twister in a sing-song voice…
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
A Surprising Discovery
About this time last year, Patrick Bonney found himself with a few pecks of peppers. For several years, Bonney had enjoyed ordering unusual hot pepper seeds to grow in his backyard each summer. But last summer, he discovered something remarkable: the world’s hottest pepper, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, grows exceptionally well in the humid south Mississippi summer heat.
They grow so well that by mid summer every inch of his Wiggins, Mississippi home kitchen was overtaken with baskets full of the tiny heat missiles!
The Hottest Pepper on the Planet
In 2012, the Guiness Book of World Records gave the Moruga Scorpion Pepper the title of “World’s Hottest Pepper.” To compare, let’s consider their Scoville heat units, the accepted scale that measures or compares “heat” in common pepper varieties. With jalepeños rating between 3,500 – 8,000 Scoville heat units and the much hotter Habanero chili rating exponentially hotter at around 350,000 Scoville heat units, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper has a Scoville heat ranking between 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 – the same Scoville equivalent of a military-grade pepper spray!
Yes, that’s one incredibly hot pepper. But don’t miss the real treat in this tiny red pepper: there’s much more to a Moruga Scorpion Pepper than it’s heat. These peppers boast an intriguing tangy flavor that’s full-bodied and well-balanced. The Moruga Scorpion Pepper is, perhaps, the hot pepper that spicy-food-lovers have been searching for with no success – until now. It’s a pepper with real heat well matched by real flavor. In short, it’s a hot pepper with flavor that you want to enjoy again and again.
Bonney’s Hot Sauce
Over the course of last summers’s exceptional harvest, Patrick Bonney eradicated everyone but himself from his home by creating batch after batch of hot sauce with their Moruga Scorpion Peppers. Imagine the scene as Bonney, red-faced and teary-eyed from the pepper fumes, pressed on to discover the formula to a hot sauce full of heat and equally full of flavor.
One of Bonney’s key discoveries was that he learned that, unlike other peppers, the Moruga Scorpion Pepper doesn’t need vinegar to make it’s hot sauce interesting. This is a pepper that can stand on its own two feet, and the resulting hot sauce is, by all accounts, a stunning culinary feat.
Don’t get us wrong: Bonney’s Hot Sauce is hot. But not as hot as you might expect from the world’s hottest pepper. It’s so well-balanced and full of real pepper flavor that you’ll truly enjoy the flavorful kick it adds to many of our favorite Southern dishes from soups, stews and chili to po-boys, raw oysters and eggs, plus the unending list of beloved ethnic-inspired dishes that are well-present in our local cuisine today.
Today, Bonney’s Hot Sauce is a favorite at cook-outs, boils and potlucks across the Southern U.S. Bonney’s artisan water-based hot sauce is bottled in Ocean Springs, MS and available online and through retail gourmet, gift and high-end grocery markets across the United States.
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