Serrano Pepper

Serrano Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are serrano peppers? If you’ve been a fan of jalapeño peppers and you’re looking for the next jump up the Scoville scale, then a great next landing point is serrano peppers. They have a clean, some say even bright, flavor and a surprising medium …

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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 …

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habanero pepper

Habanero Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are habanero peppers? 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 is …

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Poblano peppers

Poblano Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are poblano peppers? Poblano peppers are on the milder end of the Scoville scale, ranging from 1,000 Scoville heat units (SHU) to 1,500 SHU. But that mildness in no way belies their popularity. In fact, these hot peppers are some of the most beloved …

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Scotch bonnet peppers

Scotch Bonnet Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are scotch bonnet peppers? 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 areas …

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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. …

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