PepperScale Showdown

Chipotle powder vs smoked paprika

Chipotle Powder Vs. Smoked Paprika: PepperScale Showdown

Chipotle powder and smoked paprika both offer a similar flavor profile and color. Both are red pepper powders with strong, smoky characters. While they are a lot like each other, they are not identical so you should not expect them … Read more

Gochujang vs Sriracha

Gochujang Vs. Sriracha: PepperScale Showdown

Gochujang and sriracha are two chili pepper preparations that look similar and offer similarly understated spice levels. Gochujang is sometimes referred to as the Korean sriracha; however, they have some important differences and are not interchangeable. If you want to … Read more

Chili Paste Vs. Chili Sauce

Chili Paste Vs. Chili Sauce: PepperScale Showdown

Chili paste and chili sauce are considered the same product by many people. There are many different variations of each from all over the world, so you will often see the same product described as both paste and sauce depending … Read more

Gochugaru vs Red Pepper Flakes

Gochugaru Vs. Red Pepper Flakes: PepperScale Showdown

Gochugaru is a form of dried chili that you will often see in Korean cuisine. It is what gives kimchi its red color. Red pepper flakes are the same product that is sometimes known as crushed red pepper. You might … Read more

Harissa vs. Sriracha

Harissa Vs. Sriracha: PepperScale Showdown

Harissa and sriracha have been trendy over the last decade or so, but with sriracha being the more popular of the two by far. If you are unfamiliar with both, note that there are several important differences despite how much … Read more

Canned jalapeno vs fresh

Canned Jalapeños Vs. Fresh: PepperScale Showdown

Canned and fresh jalapeños are both used liberally in many Latin and Tex-Mex recipes. Each brings different qualities to a dish that you should keep in mind when choosing between them. How do they differ? Use our PepperScale Showdown below for … Read more

Gochujang Vs. Sambal Oelek

Gochujang Vs. Sambal Oelek: PepperScale Showdown

Gochujang is one of the beloved ingredients in Korean cooking and offers a distinctive taste. Sambal oelek is a traditional ingredient in Malaysian and Indonesian cooking that has been co-opted by Westerners as a spicier alternative to sriracha. The two … Read more

Pickled jalapeno vs. fresh

Pickled Jalapeño Vs. Fresh: PepperScale Showdown

Pickled jalapeños and fresh jalapeños will both enhance a meal if what you want is a medium to mild heat. But while it’s all jalapeño here, the flavors couldn’t be more different. If you are trying to choose between them, … Read more

Genus vs Species

Genus Vs. Species: PepperScale Showdown

As they relate to chili peppers, the terms genus and species are used to classify plants according to their characteristics. Whether you are an enthusiastic lover of hot peppers or a curious cook, it is a good idea to have an understanding of the science behind this seasoning. We cover it all in another PepperScale Showdown.

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Cultivar vs. Variety vs. Hybrid

Cultivar Vs. Variety Vs. Hybrid: PepperScale Showdown

A case of mistaken identity…

Terms like cultivar, variety, and hybrid are used often when describing chili pepper plants and are also often used incorrectly much of the time. They are often used interchangeably even though the words have quite different definitions. Keep in mind that within the Capsicum genus, there are five species. Variety, cultivar, and hybrids exist as subgroups within those five species. Below, we will look at how these groups differ in our PepperScale Showdown: Cultivar vs. Variety vs. Hybrid.

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