Petrified also means "changed into a stony substance; ossified."
Tigrinya (ትግርኛ; also spelled Tigrigna) is a Semitic language commonly spoken in Eritrea and in northern Ethiopia's Tigray Region. It is also spoken by the global diaspora of these regions.
As mentioned, the habanada pepper was developed by Michael Mazourek, a plant breeder at Cornell. He is also known for his work on creating the honeynut squash (a smaller, sweeter variety of butternut squash).
The habanada was finished as early as 2007, but was not widely available until years later.
The process of creating a new pepper variety involves cross-pollinating two compatible plant varieties. In this case, Mazourek crossed the orange habanero plant with a “bad tasting” heat-free pepper variety.
In order to reach a consistently heat-free and flavorful pepper, the plants were grown through 13 full generations. The result is a brand new, stable pepper variety that can be grown year after year.