Trinidad 7 Pot Primo
You’re looking at this entry because you’re ready, Highlander. You know your mega-hyper-super-stupid-hot chillies peppers and are looking to melt your face with one of the best. So I’ll cut straight to the chase and describe the experience of eating a 7 Pot Primo. Two important points before I do: 1) I’ve not eaten a whole 7 Pot Primo myself yet. For the purposes of this review, I’ll leave that to the famous (in small, retarded circles) chilli tester Ted the Fire-Breathing Idiot. 2) You perhaps shouldn’t eat a whole 7 Pot Primo either. They’re hot enough to get a family of sloths running to a watering hole, so they should be used very sparingly in cooking. A little 7 Pot Primo sauce goes an astoundingly long way, so it works out very cheap.
So, Ted the Idiot’s 7 Pot Primo review: really fruity, one of the fruitiest 7 Pots he’s ever had. Also the hottest - like other 7 Pots but with the added bonus of “feeling like I’m sucking battery acid”. In fact, Ted says that the 7 Pot Primo is the hottest of ANY peppers he’s ever had. After reddening and hiccupping like a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner, he said that Ghost Peppers are baby food compared to the 7 Pot Primo. The 7 Pot Primo sample he had was significantly more ferocious than his batch of even the current world record holder, the terrifying Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Heat varies between individual peppers, even within the same sub-species.
It’s safe to say that the currently rare 7 Pot Primo is easily one of the world’s hottest chillies, with potential to take pole position in that race one day. It’s at least as savage as the mighty Bhut Jolokia or Naga Morich. ‘7 Pot’ refers to its alleged ability to spice seven pots of stew from just one chilli.
The story of this particular beast is a colourful one, and deserves the telling. Once upon a time (2005), Troy Primeaux liked to play guitar. Primo to his friends, he was a was a dab hand and made the thing squeal, in his Louisiana indie rock band Santeria. But Santeria was said to be cursed. Voodoo abounded in the Cajun swamplands. The drummer, Krishna, was hit by a truck and left paralysed. Religious types left animal organs in Santeria’s mailbox, for misusing the name Santeria, originally a Catholic-inspired West African religion. It wasn’t going well. Primo left the band and put his Cajun and Voodoo energies into something else instead: he studied horticulture and set out to create the hottest chilli known to man.
Primo got hold of some Naga Morich seeds from English friend Christopher Philips who’d got them from a market in Bangladesh. Primo grew some of the first Naga Morich Peppers in North America. Then he obtained some Trinidad 7 Pot seeds from a professor friend of his who in turn got them from an elderly woman in Trinidad. He crossed the two strains. You remember the number one rule in Ghostbusters?
Now at least 8 generations later (it takes 6 to 7 generations for a hybrid chilli to be considered stable), Primo has achieved a stable, new strain of hyper-hot chilli, the 7 Pot Primo. He takes this project seriously and does it by the book – he grows 7 Pot Primos in greenhouses, as a manager for the LNPI (Louisiana Native Plant Initiative), making the 7 Pot Primo one of the greatest, most respected 7 Pot strains.
7 Pot Primos’ appearance is not so high-brow. They look (appropriately) more like terrifying savages than controlled thoroughbreds. Stocky, lumpy, distorted, blazing red – even often with little skinny tails like its relative the Moruga Scorpion, 7 Pot Primos look every bit like an old fierce little demon, befitting the hellishly fiery capsaicin levels within.
In reality, capsaicin is actually phenomenally good for us. The more capsaicin, the stronger the health effects, and 7 Pot Primos have some of the highest levels on the planet. 7 Pot Primos and other peppers stimulate the metabolism. They fight cancer. They help diabetics. They are vitamin-rich and contain immune-boosting antioxidants. They reduce cholesterol… click on the “Benefits of Peppers” header of our website for the comprehensive rundown of the amazing and reassuring things they can do for us mere mortals.
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