Archived Issue June 2011

When the news broke that a Trinidadian pepper is now ranked as the world’s hottest pepper, it raised a burning question. Why was Australia being named as the place of origin of the Trinidadian Scorpion Butch T? The local Scorpion emerged as an even hotter honcho than the English Naga Viper, ousting it from the Guinness World Records as of March 2011.

Fortunately, the Scorpion’s name features its homeland because this is a blistering business when it comes to marketing origins, and already heat has been turned up as its Trinidadian roots are not being touted in its international ranking.

The Guinness World Records lists it as a pepper grown in Australia by The Chilli Factory, who named it the Butch T, after an American, Butch Taylor, owner of Zydeco Hot Sauce. Taylor had passed out some of the seeds and they ended up in the gloved hands of the Chilli Factory Owners.

The pepper is indisputably of Trinidadian origin, as even its name reflects, but it needs to be more aggressively claimed or its commercial potentials may be diminished.

A local chemist, Dr Rosalie Holder, was actually the one to begin measuring the Scorpion’s incendiary qualities from as far back as 1998. While she was doing research for her PhD at The UWI, visiting farmers and checking out their pepper yields, she was presented with some Scorpions by Lawrence Constantine ...more>>

Article by: Vaneisa Baksh, Editor, UWI Today

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UWI Calendar June-October 2011

CTLPA 14th Annual Conference
30 June-2 July, 2011
Learning Resource Centre, UWI St. Augustine
Peter Pan
24 June-3 July, 2011
Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain
Mango Festival
3 July, 2011
University Field Station, Mt Hope
Discovery Camp 2011
11-30 July and 8-27 August, 2011
UWI St. Augustine
Sustainable Energy Path:
Emerging Trends in Sustainable Energy for the Caribbean

5 July, 2011 @ Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Social Insects
1-4 August 2011
Lecture Theatre B, Frank Stockdale Building, UWI St Augustine
COTE 2011
5-8 October, 2011
Learning Resource Centre, UWI St Augustine Campus
30th Annual West Indian Literature Conference
13-15 October, 2011
UWI St Augustine
Decades of Research
28 June, 2011
Daaga Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine

Also In This Issue

  The Sting of a Scorpion: Local pepper is hottest in the world
  From the Principal: A New Way of Seeing India
  Cacique Crowns
  Take a close look at the good books
  The Chataigne Peeler: Student’s machine could put this delicacy on your table every week
  Fresh Pigeon Peas all year
  Biodiversity at its Boldest: Research symposium airs it all
  Film-makers without borders
  Exchanging ideas in agriculture
  Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence 2011: Seven to receive VC’s Award
  Young researcher prize
  Cave Hill Blackbirds rule the roost
  Four New Professors
  Peter Pan to fly in Queen’s Hall
  Health Communication in the Caribbean and Beyond: A Reader
  What can’t an e-book do? Texture, scent and weight… it’s all about contact