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    Posted on February 5th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Last year I tried several different peppers, this year I will try even more. I love the hot hot peppers, they add so much flavor to food.
    Peppers are measured by a Scoville scale, the larger the number the hotter the pepper. The Scoville scale measures the hotness of the pepper by the amount of capsaicin it has.
    Listed below is a list of a few peppers and how they are listed on the Scoville scale. The ones in bold are the varieties I will try.

    Sweet bell pepper – 0
    Sweet Banana – 0
    Anaheim – 500 – 2,500
    Jalapeno – 2,500 – 5,000
    Hot Wax – 5,000 – 10,000
    Serrano – 10,000 – 23,000
    Cayenne – 30,000 – 50,000
    Jamican Chocolate – 100,000 – 200,000
    Habanero – 100,000 to 350,000
    Yellow Scotch Bonnet – 350,000
    Red Savina – 577,000
    Dorset Naga – 923,000 194 times hotter than jalapeno
    BHUT Jolokia – 1,000,000 holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest pepper.
    Common pepper spray – 2,000,000
    Pure capsaicin – 16,000,000

    NOTE: When planting peppers, the hot peppers may cross with the mild peppers. So it is a good idea to seperate the ‘hot & cold’ peppers. Even if the ‘meat’ of the pepper isn’t affected, the seeds will be. And we all know the ‘kick’ of the pepper is all in the seeds.

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