How Hot Are Those Peppers?
How Hot are those Peppers?
The hotness, or piquancy, of chili peppers is determined by using the Scoville Scale, which was developed in 1912 by chemist Wilbur Scoville.
The Scoville Scale measures the content of capsaicin present in each pepper: capsaicin is the natural, active component that makes peppers fiery – it’s found in a pepper’s white rib that runs down the center. So, the more capsaicin in the pepper, the hotter it is!