What is Scoville?

July 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

We often get questions about the heat intensity of our hot sauces. Understanding the Scoville scale is helpful when purchasing our products. The Scoville scale is a measure of the 'hotness' of a chilli pepper or anything derived from chilli peppers.The scale is actually a measure of the concentration of the chemical compound capsaicin which is the active component that produces the heat sensation for humans. A sweet pepper, that contains no capsaicin at all, has a Scoville rating of zero; whereas the hottest chillies, such as habaneros have a rating of 300,000 or more, indicating that their extract has to be diluted 300,000-fold before the capsaicin present is undetectable. The greatest weakness of the Scoville Organoleptic Test is its imprecision, because it relies on human subjectivity.

 

Listed below are a few of the peppers used in Cool Runnings and Eaton hot sauces with their corresponding scoville rating, from least spicy to most.

 

Jalapeno Pepper - 10,000

Cayenne Pepper - 50,000 scoville

Habanero Pepper - 350,000 scoville

Scotch Bonnet - 350, 000

Ghost Pepper/Naga Jolokia Pepper - 1,041,427

 

 

 

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