Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Sixty!

Show me the heat!  Chile peppers come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and heat.  So, if you like to spice up your cooking, be sure to select the appropriate pepper for the amount of heat you are desiring.  The heat of peppers is measure in “scoville” units.  Note: peppers will vary in heat, flavor, and color from crop to crop.  Here is a list of the types of peppers and their approximate scoville ratings:

  • Ancho peppers (3,000)
  • Guajillo peppers (6,000)
  • Aleppo peppers (10,000)
  • Cascabel peppers (11,000)
  • Chipotle peppers (15,000)
  • Crushed red peppers, medium hot (20,000)
  • Jalapeño peppers (35,000)
  • Arbol peppers (35,000)
  • Crushed red peppers, very hot (40,000)
  • Tien Tsin peppers (60,000)
  • Dundicut peppers (60,000)
  • Piquin peppers (70,000)

For some other options/examples, check out this Scoville Scale.


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