Hot Hot Hot

Good afternoon all!

What a rainy start to the day, but it has calmed down.  However, it is hot and humid!  I seriously hope all of you have AC or a fan!

Today I’d like to tell you all about the wonders of hot peppers.  If you have ever eaten one by accident, I’m sure you haven’t forgotten.  While I am not a fan, some people actually enjoy the sensation of a burning mouth, singed tongue, runny nose, and tearing eyes.  Me?  Not so much.  Yet, in honor of those who are interested in burning their mouth, we shall talk about hot peppers and the Scoville scale.

There is indeed a scientific way to measure the hotness of a pepper.  They are graded by the heat they create on the tongue, this score is the Scoville scale.  The higher the number, the hotter the chili.  Beware.

The Scoville scale measures the amount of capsaicin in a pepper.  Capsaicin stimulates nerve receptors in the skin, especially mucous membranes.  This is what makes a pepper feel hot.

Check out how hot these peppers are!

  • Pure capsaicin rates a 15,000,000 on the Scoville scale (Don’t even try…)

  • Law Enforcement Grade pepper spray – 5,000,000 (Avoid wrongdoing!)

  • Bhut Jolokia (Hottest pepper, Bangladesh) about 1,000,000 (Never.)

Hottest pepper on Earth

  • Red Savina habanero – 500,000 (Nope.)
  • Jamaican Hot Pepper/Habanero Chili – 250,000 (I think not.)

  • Thai pepper – 100,000 (Nope.)
  • Cayenne pepper – 40,000 (Nope.)
  • Serrano pepper – 15,000 (Nope.)

  • Jalapeno/Tabasco sauce/paprika – 5,000 (Maybe a little.)
  • Anaheim pepper – 1,000 (Ok.)
  • Pimento – 250 (Sure!)
  • Bell pepper – 0 (All the time!)

Just beware next time you are dared to try a bhut jolokia!  Don’t do it!  The hottest pepper on earth can cause you serious problems.  If you have a heart condition or respiratory ailment, it is seriously discouraged to eat the heat!

Happy Truth or Daring!

Happy Gardening!

Adrienne W.


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