bell pepper

Bell Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are bell peppers? It’s at the bottom of the Scoville scale (0 Scoville heat units), but that certainly doesn’t make the bell pepper less popular. It’s by far the most well-known member of the capsicum family. They are tasty, crunchy, healthy, sweet (at times), …

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Malagueta pepper

Malagueta Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are malagueta peppers? Brazil is home to some pretty hot things, but none may be hotter than the malagueta pepper. With about double the heat of cayenne pepper (50,000 to 100,000 Scoville heat units), this is an extra-hot chili that’ll knock your socks off. …

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Pimento Pepper

Pimento Pepper Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are pimento peppers? You may not realize how often you eat products that contain pimento peppers. There are so many varieties of products that use this chili, due to its sweetness and mild heat (100 to 500 Scoville heat units). And that’s part of what …

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Thai pepper

Thai Peppers Guide: Heat, Flavor, Uses

What are Thai peppers? Let’s start with the confusion. There are dozens of varieties of chilies that fall under the category of Thai peppers. They all share common characteristics, colors, and general heat (an extra-hot spiciness from 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville heat units.) And because …

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Capsaicin: The Compound Behind The Pepper Scale

Wondering where that chili pepper heat comes from? Look no further: capsaicin. It’s the little compound that could when it comes to heat. It’s the active force behind the pungency of chili peppers, the driver behind the Scoville scale’s heat units, and that’s not all. …

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