hybrid Defcon 7 pot

This year I had the pleasure of growing out the 7 pot Defcon, purchased from Texas Hot Peppers.
The dry erase marker in the photograph below is red, the color rendition isn't very accurate on my tech.
Defcon 7 2.jpg
I have another one that I bell-cut to dry that shows how dark the color gets. It is a reddish brown brick like color quite like the tones of the forum website on my browser (at this time).
Defcon 7 1.jpg

The color is a reddish brown but quite distinct from the color of most brown or chocolate forms. Brown peppers have red pigments and retain some chlorophyll when ripe, the combination of the red and green together ends up making brown. However in the case of at least this specific selection of 7 pot Defcon the color of the unripe berries is a light (nearly white!) green, reminiscent of the color of unripe Tabasco peppers. Unlike the green immature fruit of the other plants, which almost blend in with the leaves, the Defcon 7 pot berries stand out against the color of the plant, being much lighter in color than the leaves are. They have conspicuous furrows and little stinger like tips but the berries don't resemble the usual superhot phenotypes such as the elongated forms like Bhut Jolokias, or enfolding forms like Morugas or somewhere in-between like with Bhutlahs or Borg-9s etc.

In most of my berries of my other plants there are visible deposits of capsaicin containing oils in the pericarp and on the placenta, these oils tend to bright in color. Pure capsaicin is red in color and the more of it that is present the darker the oils containing it appear to be. In the case of the Defcon 7 pot not only is the amount of capsaicin containing oil (visible in the pericarp) more abundant in the berries than it is in my other superhots, the color of the oily deposits is considerably darker than those of my Bhutlahs and Douglahs.

Interestingly many of my plants exhibit heterosis (hybrid vigor) and their growth rates and statures reflect this. The Defcon 7 pot has smaller leaves and doesn't grow quite as fast or as big as many of my plants do, however it grows quite well nonetheless and was also one of the first plants to begin producing ripe peppers this season and most of them have already been picked. That makes it a bit earlier than most of my plants. (It would likely be a good candidate for grafting to a more vigorous stock)

Interestingly enough the selection of D7 I have does not resemble many of the photographs found online claiming to depict Defcon 7 pots, in those cases the berries resemble Chocolate Bhutlah or a jolokia/moruga intermediate phenotype and they lack the texture, the furrows, the shape and the color of the D7. (At least from Texas Hot Peppers)

As I understand it, and I may be mistaken, what I have is the true form of D7 and it is not a cross, it is stable and consistent, however as with other super-hot plants it is erroneous to characterize them as Capsicum chinense specimens, super-hot peppers are descendants of Capsicum chinense X Capsicum frutescens hybrids. (Lotah Bih provided the C. frutescens alleles which results in the superhot pseudoplacental membrane allowing capsaicin to accumulate in the pericarp and not just the placenta.) So while D7 is entirely stable (it's also not very promiscuous due to short styles) and true breeding, it is not actually Capsicum chinense or Capsicum frutescens but contains alleles from both of them! No true Capsicum chinense has ever been super-hot and Capsicum frutescens likewise is incapable of being super-hot. The only plants that have ever been considered super-hot are those containing alleles from Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens together! Capsicum chinense can produce high levels of Capsaicin in the placenta but lacks the pericarp membrane of Capsicum frutescens, which itself lacks the ability to produce high levels of Capsaicin in the placenta. Only by combining the enzymes of C. chinense with the placental membrane of C. frutescens were super hot peppers developed. For this reason I tagged the title of this post with "hybrid" as that regardless of the heterozygosity of their alleles all super hot peppers are hybrid and are not actually Capsicum chinense.

The 7-pot Defcon isn't known for flavor. On a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the best flavor, many who have tried D7 rate it at 3 or 4 (out of 10!) yet as far as heat goes on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the hottest many rate Defcon 7 pot at 11!

I searched for further information on 7 pot Defcon both at the forum and out on the web and found almost none and that's a shame. It is one of the most impressive varieties of Capsicum in my garden this year.
 
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I was examining some dried halves of the D7 yesterday and noted the largest yellowish waxy deposits I've seen so far, in any dried pepper, of casaicinoidal material.

Though it's probably below the 9 grams of capsaicinoid oils per 100-grams of dried (which has been reported/published as a recovery for some super special hots), it seems like these peppers are weapons, not food.

Interestingly traits of C. chinense and C. frutescens are plainly visible in the D7 plants.

Were these genetically engineered for military capsaicin production?
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