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What the heck is a Scoville?

The Scale

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The Scale

The scale is based on a very complicated procedure of diluting the pepper sample in sugar water until the heat can't be tasted anymore. I'd get into it more, but you wouldn't understand me (cause I'm smerter then you).

This is the basic Scoville scale:

Bell peppers, sweet italian peppers 0
Ancho 1,000
Anaheim 1,200
Poblano 2,000-3,000
Jalapeno 3,000-5,000
Chipotle 10,000
Serrano 16,000
Cayenne 35,000
Tabasco 40,000
Thai, pequin, chiltepin 50,000-75,000
Scotch Bonnet 100,000-200,000
Habanero 100,000-300,000
Red Savina Habanero 570,000!

The Bell PepperThe bell pepper starts off the scale, coming in at a measly zero. In actuality, bell & sweet peppers can get as hot as 150 Scovilles! Wow (he exclaimed sarcastically), keep those away from your eyes...

Orange BellBell's come in several colors including red, yellow, orange & green, but they all have the same Scoville rating just above zero. How exciting... still, they have a purpose and they're great when you grill them up on a shishkebob or add them to just about any (shudder) salad.

As you can see, you can barely even consider a pepper mild until you reach poblano peppers which can reside between 2,000 & 3,000 Scovilles.


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