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The Scoville Scale


A scale developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, to measure the heat level in chillies. It was first a subjective taste test, but since, it has been  refined by the use of HPLC, the unit is named in honour of its inventor.

The test officially measures the pungency level of a given pepper. There are other methods, but the     Scoville Scale remains the most widely used and      respected. The greater the number of Scoville units, the hotter the pepper. Of course, being a natural     product, the heat can vary from pepper to pepper, so this scale is just a guide.

*The hottest pepper recorded was a Habenero.

>Pure Capsaicin measures 16,000,000 Scoville units.

The original Scoville test asked a panel of tasters to state when an increasingly dilute solution of the pepper no longer burned the mouth. Roughly one part per million of chilli 'heat' rates as 1.5 Scoville units.