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Herb of the Year -- August

Peppers Capsicum is the 2016 Herb of the YearTM

Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year to highlight. IHA Long-standing member, Chuck Voigt, who has been involved in the selection process for many years explains, "The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on them being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative". herb societies, groups and organization from around the world work together to educate the public about these important  herbs throughout the year.

Through 2016, CaJohns will select a different pepper to highlight and will have special pricing on select products featuring that pepper.

August 2016: Featured Chile - Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chile 500,000-1.2 million SHU

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chile (capsicum Chinese) is native to the district of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. On February 13, 2012, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute, identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the hottest chile in the world, with a mean heat of more than 1.2 million SHUs and individual plants with a heat of more than 2 million SHUs.

Scorpion peppers are referred to as such because the pointed end of the pepper is said to resemble a scorpion's stinger, although not all of the peppers will have a point. Aside from the heat, the Moruga scorpion has a tender fruit-like flavor, which makes it a sweet-hot combination. When you take a bite it doesn't seem so bad, and then it builds and it builds.

Freezing weather ends the growing season and kills the plant, but otherwise they are perennials which grow all year, slowing in colder weather.




Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Hot Sauce

Sancto Scorpio Hot Sauce 

Dread Hot Sauce

Moruga Madness Hot Sauce

Kiss My Bhut! Hot Sauce