ghost pepper

Ghost Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are ghost peppers? What do you get when you mix a nearly unsurpassable heat with a rock star name? You get a hot pepper of legend. That’s what you have with the ghost pepper, otherwise known as Bhut Jolokia. This is the bad boy … Read more

habanero pepper

Habanero Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What is a habanero pepper? At one point, the habanero (100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units or SHU) held the crown as the world’s hottest chili pepper, but don’t let the fact that certain chilies have passed it by fool you into underestimating it. This … Read more

Poblano peppers

Poblano Peppers: Mexico’s Mild Chili

Tasty and mild… Poblano pepper fast facts: Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,000 – 1,500 SHU Median heat: 1,250 SHU Origin: Mexico Capsicum species: Annuum Jalapeño reference scale: 2 to 8 times milder Use: Culinary Size: Approximately inches long Flavor: Earthy Poblano peppers are on the milder end of the Scoville scale, ranging from … Read more

Scotch bonnet peppers

Scotch Bonnet Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What is a scotch bonnet pepper? A scotch bonnet pepper may sound timid, but it is nothing of the sort. It’s one of the spicier peppers (100,000 to 350,000 SHU, same as a habanero) that you may potentially find at a supermarket, especially in geographic … Read more

jalapeno pepper

Jalapeño Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

Even those relatively new to hot peppers know of jalapeño peppers, but what’s interesting is the overall reputation this hot pepper has. Many people think of the jalapeño as a very spicy hot pepper, but in terms of the Scoville scale, the jalapeño is merely mild to moderate.


Capsaicin: The Compound Behind The Pepper Scale

Wondering where that chili pepper heat comes from? Look no further: capsaicin. It’s the little compound that could when it comes to heat. It’s the active force behind the pungency of chili peppers, the driver behind the Scoville scale’s heat units, and that’s not all. … Read more

What is the Scoville Scale?

What is the Scoville Scale? The Story Behind The Heat

No scale is hotter… We all know that peppers are hot, but the Scoville scale helps us put a rating to them. That’s the simplest of definitions for the Scoville scale. It’s a heat rating index of hot peppers running from no heat to “oh … Read more