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Chili Peppers - What's Hot?
When it comes to chili peppers, some are hotter than others. Can you please provide some guidance?
TOH: When it comes to rating chili peppers' heat, looks don't help: It's the seeds and membranes that count. Scoville Heat Units (SHU), named after researcher Wilbur Scoville and used by heat experts, indicate the amount of capsaicin, a potent compound that gives chilies their sizzle. Although the method for determining SHUs relies heavily on subjectivity, the scale is a respectable gauge. Use the following information from chiliworld.com to put the heat into perspective:
Sweet bell pepper - 0
Cubanelle pepper - 100-1,000
Texas Pete Hot Sauce, T.W. Garner Food Co. - 747
Anaheim pepper - 500-2,500
Poblano pepper - 1,000-2,000
Jalapeno pepper - 2,500-5,000
Chipotle pepper (a smoked jalapeno) - 5,000-10,000
Serrano pepper - 6,000-23,000
Tabasco brand Habanero Sauce, McIlhenny Co. - 7,000-8,000
Cayenne pepper - 30,000-50,000
Habanero pepper - 100,000-350,000
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
1 stuffed pepper: 223 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.