Chili Pepper News — Scoville scale
If you’ve ever wondered just how hot a hot chili pepper can really get, enter the Scoville Scale. That’s the scale that helps measure the heat of hot chili peppers. The scale gets its name from none other than Wilbur Scoville. He was an American pharmacist who came up with something in the early 1900s called the Scoville organoleptic test. That test estimated the Scoville Heat Units, or SHU, with each type of pepper.
You may be more than ready to add chilies to your diet, but how do you know you’re choosing the right ones? The type of chili you choose often comes down to personal taste. While some people like things extra spicy, others like their food more on the mild side.
When it comes to peppers, you’ll find there are all different kinds of hues out there. From bright green and yellow to fiery orange and red, the options are just about endless. There’s a lot that goes into the heat of a pepper, though, from the actual type of pepper you grow to where it’s harvested. It’s kind of deceptive then just basing a pepper off its color, because of many peppers, no matter how hot they can eventually get, start out green. They may even be harvested green, but that’s not to say they’ll stay that way. Whether you...
Maybe you’ve heard the term before, or maybe it’s a new concept. Either way, you’re probably wondering, what exactly is the Scoville scale? In simple terms, it’s a way of measuring a pepper’s heat. You may think you can determine that yourself at first bite, but in reality, there’s definitely more to it than just that.