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The Scoville Heat Rating Explained

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The Scoville Heat Rating Explained

We often mention the Scoville Rating on the site. It’s the standard measurement used to indicate the heat of a chili peppers and was introduced by the American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville in 1912.

This infographic from Lava Mouth looks in detail at the Scoville Heat Units breaking down 10 different varieties of chili from 100 Scoville Heat Units all the way up to the Bhut Jolokai which often measures in at well over one million units.

From the Hungarian Wax Pepper to the well known Cayenne and Scotch Bonnet peppers, the infographic also lists interesting facts about each one.

For example: did you know that the Bird’s Eye Chili gets its name because the seeds of the chili are spread by birds that are not affected by the 100,000 units found within the chili.

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